Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: Recommendations released, join the conversation

2020-01-22 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Thank you, Andrew. These PDF files weren't there when I looked, but thanks
for pointing that out.



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On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 7:47 PM Andrew Lih  wrote:

> There are PDF versions, which may not be easily spottable. They are the
> bottom of the introduction page:
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations
>
> Core:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Movement_Strategy_Recommendations_-_Core_document_in_English.pdf
>
> Extended:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Movement_Strategy_Recommendations_Extended_doc_EN.pdf
>
> Cover note:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Movement_Strategy_Recommendations_Cover_note_EN.pdf
>
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 3:14 AM Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:
>
> > A huge thank you to all the volunteers, staff and the core team who
> > invested in this process unimaginable hours of work.
> >
> > Is there maybe a one document/pdf/printable version of the
> recommendations?
> > It is a long document which I personally want to read carefully and I
> find
> > it slightly complicated to read in the current wiki-structure.
> >
> >
> > *Itzik Edri*
> > Chairperson (volunteer)
> > it...@wikimedia.org.il
> > +972-54-5878078
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 6:07 AM Todd Allen  wrote:
> >
> > > Katherine,
> > >
> > > These are very disappointing. It does not seem like a bit of the
> feedback
> > > on earlier versions was taken into consideration at all. Can we expect
> > > anything we say to matter this time around, or will we once again be
> > > talking to the wall?
> > >
> > > Todd
> > >
> > > On Mon, Jan 20, 2020, 8:24 PM Katherine Maher 
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear all,
> > > >
> > > > I wanted to share some news with you: the first version of the
> movement
> > > > strategy recommendations document has been published on Meta [1]. On
> > > behalf
> > > > of the movement strategy working groups and recommendation writers, I
> > am
> > > > honored to present them to you. We ask you to please take a moment to
> > > read
> > > > through, review, and comment.
> > > >
> > > > In 2017, we set about building the future we want, together. In 2020,
> > > your
> > > > fellow Wikimedians have written and shared a framework for how we can
> > > bring
> > > > to life our vision of becoming the essential support system of the
> > > > ecosystem of free knowledge.
> > > >
> > > > == Review the recommendations ==
> > > >
> > > > These recommendations are the result of 18 months of in-depth
> > discussions
> > > > and consultation among global Wikimedia community members and
> research
> > > > into opportunities for our future. The volunteer working groups [2],
> > > > writing teams [3] and strategy liaisons [4] have all invested a
> > > significant
> > > > amount of energy into this, and I want to wholeheartedly thank each
> and
> > > > every person who contributed to creating this work.
> > > >
> > > > I would like to encourage everyone to read this work. There are 13
> > > > recommendations (condensed from 89), accompanied by an explanation of
> > the
> > > > principles [5] that underlie the recommendations, an outline of how
> > these
> > > > recommendations work together [6], as well as an overview of how the
> > > > recommendations were produced and next steps [7].
> > > >
> > > > The core of this material is online in Arabic, English, French,
> German,
> > > > Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. We also have an overview available in
> > > > Catalan, Dutch, Farsi, Hebrew, Polish, and Russian that offers a
> > > condensed
> > > > introduction to the recommendations material.
> > > >
> > > > == Share your feedback ==
> > > >
> > > > In order to produce a final document that is representative of and
> > > relevant
> > > > to the diverse project communities as well as groups and
> organizations
> > > that
> > > > make up our movement, we are calling on everyone to review the
> > > > recommendations and share their thoughts.
> > > >
> > > > Speci

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: Recommendations released, join the conversation

2020-01-21 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
A huge thank you to all the volunteers, staff and the core team who
invested in this process unimaginable hours of work.

Is there maybe a one document/pdf/printable version of the recommendations?
It is a long document which I personally want to read carefully and I find
it slightly complicated to read in the current wiki-structure.


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On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 6:07 AM Todd Allen  wrote:

> Katherine,
>
> These are very disappointing. It does not seem like a bit of the feedback
> on earlier versions was taken into consideration at all. Can we expect
> anything we say to matter this time around, or will we once again be
> talking to the wall?
>
> Todd
>
> On Mon, Jan 20, 2020, 8:24 PM Katherine Maher 
> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I wanted to share some news with you: the first version of the movement
> > strategy recommendations document has been published on Meta [1]. On
> behalf
> > of the movement strategy working groups and recommendation writers, I am
> > honored to present them to you. We ask you to please take a moment to
> read
> > through, review, and comment.
> >
> > In 2017, we set about building the future we want, together. In 2020,
> your
> > fellow Wikimedians have written and shared a framework for how we can
> bring
> > to life our vision of becoming the essential support system of the
> > ecosystem of free knowledge.
> >
> > == Review the recommendations ==
> >
> > These recommendations are the result of 18 months of in-depth discussions
> > and consultation among global Wikimedia community members and research
> > into opportunities for our future. The volunteer working groups [2],
> > writing teams [3] and strategy liaisons [4] have all invested a
> significant
> > amount of energy into this, and I want to wholeheartedly thank each and
> > every person who contributed to creating this work.
> >
> > I would like to encourage everyone to read this work. There are 13
> > recommendations (condensed from 89), accompanied by an explanation of the
> > principles [5] that underlie the recommendations, an outline of how these
> > recommendations work together [6], as well as an overview of how the
> > recommendations were produced and next steps [7].
> >
> > The core of this material is online in Arabic, English, French, German,
> > Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. We also have an overview available in
> > Catalan, Dutch, Farsi, Hebrew, Polish, and Russian that offers a
> condensed
> > introduction to the recommendations material.
> >
> > == Share your feedback ==
> >
> > In order to produce a final document that is representative of and
> relevant
> > to the diverse project communities as well as groups and organizations
> that
> > make up our movement, we are calling on everyone to review the
> > recommendations and share their thoughts.
> >
> > Specifically, we ask you to look at what impact these recommendations
> might
> > have on you and your group or community’s context. Discussions are
> > happening on-wiki in many languages, as well as in discussion groups on
> > other, off0wiki platforms, and within movement groups and structures.
> >
> > This round of community conversations will run until the first week of
> > March [8]. After this five-week period, the Core Team will publish a
> > summary report of input from across affiliates, online communities, and
> > other stakeholders for public review. [9] Your input will play a role as
> > the recommendation writers finalize the strategy document, and move us
> > towards discussions around implementation.
> >
> > You will find more information about the process in the FAQs [10], and
> > please direct any additional questions or remarks to the respective meta
> > pages.
> >
> > Our movement is the sum of its parts. Each member brings to it invaluable
> > skills, expertise, and ideas to capture, collect, and share free
> knowledge.
> > And every single contribution made by every community member from the
> > beginning has helped us grow into the global, diverse, and unique
> movement
> > we are today.
> >
> > I am honored to share this on behalf of everyone involved, and am looking
> > forward to insights from across the movement over the next few weeks.
> >
> > Katherine
> >
> > [1]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations
> > [2]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups
> > [3]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/People#Second_phase
> > [4]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/People/Community_Strategy_Liaisons
> > [5]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Principles
> > [6]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Cover_note
> > [7]
> >
> >
> 

[Wikimedia-l] Leadership change at Wikimedia Israel

2019-12-18 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Dear friends,

I wanted to share with you some changes in WMIL. This weekend, after more
than 6 years of service, Michal Lester will conclude her position as WMIL's
ED.

Michal, WMIL’s first ED, joined us more than 6 years ago, and was our
second employee. Michal’s joining marked the transition of WMIL from an
organization operated and managed by volunteers only to professional hired
staff supporting and leading the activity with the volunteers.

Michal started to initiate and lead large-scale projects and raise the
resources needed for the activity through collaborations, donations and
fund grants. From a one-employee organization with a limited budget, she
brought us to the current position as an established NGO, with varied
activity, hired staff to support it, volunteers and a sufficient budget to
support all of that.

Under her leadership, we initiated the education project in Hebrew, and
later in Arabic. We guided tens of thousands of teachers on how to work
with (and for) Wikipedia. We created training tools and tutorials, formed
years-long collaborations with dozens of organizations, and hosted the
international hackathon and later the GLAM conference. We represented WMIL
and our movement values in Parliament discussions and in discussion with
archives; and when they failed to cooperate we did not hesitate to “force”
them to give back to the public the photos that belong to them by law. The
list of projects and achievements is too long to summarize in one email.

We are proud to say that WMIL turned not only to a leading and recognized
organization in Israel, but also to one of the important and active
affiliates of the global movement.

Michal’s activity in WMIL was beyond that of an employee, but true
recruitment and belief in Wikimedia’s activity and values. Her
round-the-clock investment and great love to the movement, organization,
its employees and volunteers, serves proof. Many volunteers benefited from
Michal’s attention, advice and support at all times.

The Board, and I personally, would like to thank Michal for this
significant contribution that brought us to our current dignified position,
and we wish her the best of luck in the future. We will remember you as the
first ED who saw the hardship and labor pains of WMIL, and as WMIL’s
“mother” in its professional role. We extend to you our greatest thanks.

While Michal is leaving, I would like to congratulate Revital Poleg,
replacing Michal in her position. Revital is a former diplomat. She was one
of the founders of the Peres Peace Center, she served as Chief of Staff for
the Knesset Speaker; VP Business Development of a lobbying company;
External Relations and Resource Development Director for the Ruppin
Academic Center; and in her last position – Chief Executive and Head of the
Jewish Agency Mission to Brazil.

Revital brings extensive experience in large organizations, both local and
international, and a vast network of contacts in the private and public
sectors. She speaks Hebrew, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

We wish her good luck in her position, in filling Michal’s big shoes, and
we are positive she continues to advance WMIL forward.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Welcoming Ryan Merkley to the Wikimedia Foundation

2019-08-15 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Such great news! Welcome, Ryan!



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On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 1:02 AM Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I’m excited to let you all know that Ryan Merkley, formerly CEO of Creative
> Commons, is joining the Wikimedia Foundation as my new chief of staff.
>
> Many of you have met Ryan before -- at CC Summit, Wikimania, Wikimedia
> Summit, or MozFest. He’s a leader in open source, open knowledge, and
> free-culture communities, and for the past five years, he’s been the CEO of
> Creative Commons, initiating programs like CC search to index all 1.6
> billion licensed works online. He’s passionate about the power of the
> commons, and the role that everyone can play in making it sustainable and
> open to all. I couldn’t be happier he’s now bringing this passion and
> experience to our movement.
>
> In Ryan’s own words, “My heart has always been in open communities, and
>  the power of collective acts --  that is, the things that people can only
> do when they work together, like building a commons of free knowledge for
> every person.”
>
> For now, Ryan’s two top priorities will be bolstering the work of the
> movement strategy team and supporting the Board. He’ll support the strategy
> core team to move the Working Group recommendations into implementation
> within the community and Foundation over the course of the coming year.
> He’ll also serve as Board liaison to the Board of Trustees, strengthening
> the connections, communications, and coordination between Trustees and the
> Foundation. Internally, he’ll support the office of the Executive Director,
> acting in my stead on various projects.
>
> I’m excited by this new role for an old friend of the open community. Ryan
> knows our movement well. He has spent many hours with many Wikimedians, and
> understands the centrality of the community to the Wikimedia mission and
> identity. His background as a partner to Wikimedia, and a leader in the
> broader open movement will be invaluable to our work, and confirmation of
> the importance of community experience in Foundation leadership.
>
> Ryan doesn’t start in his new role until Monday, September 16th. However,
> he will be at Wikimania, so for those of you attending, please say hi, and
> join me in welcoming him to Wikimedia!
>
> Katherine
>
> P.S. This announcement can also be found on our news page:
>
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2019/08/13/wikimedia-foundation-welcomes-ryan-merkley-as-chief-of-staff-to-the-office-of-the-executive-director
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [WM-Chairpersons] Wikimedia Chile Board Election

2019-04-14 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Congratulations, Rocío!



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On Sun, Apr 14, 2019 at 5:55 AM Marco Correa Pérez <
marco.cor...@wikimediachile.cl> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> *Wikimedia Chile* (WMCL) held its annual General Assembly on April 13th,
> which was also the beginning of a new term of our Board (2019-2021). All
> the members from the 2017-2019 Board were reelected for the next two years,
> and the positions were filled as follows:
>
> - Rocío Consales, Chair;
> - Marco Correa: Vicechair;
> - Carlos Figueroa, Secretary;
> - Osmar Valdebenito, Treasurer;
> - Dennis Tobar, Director:
> - Claudio Loader, Director.
>
> We are glad to have Rocío serving as the new president of WMCL, not just
> for her amazing work as volunteer and Board Member, but also because she is
> the first woman to hold this position in our chapter's history.
> Congratulations, Rocío!
>
> Best regards,
>
> *Marco Correa Pérez*
> Vicechair - Wikimedia Chile
> http://www.wikimediachile.cl
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [strategy process] Fwd: I decided to leave the working group

2019-04-06 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Philip and all,

I debated whether to respond and continue this discussion. Finally, I
decided to do it first to apologize. I stand behind my feedback about the
process, but I'm afraid it was sent at the wrong time, a few days before
the Wikimedia Summit. It wasn't my intention to cause a storm a moment
before the summit and especially not during it, and I didn't take that it
into consideration when I sent the email. It would have been more
appropriate if this mail had been sent long enough before, or after, the
summit.

If my email wasn't clear, let me clarify it: I think the strategy process
is one of the most important steps we had so far as a movement. And I truly
believe (or at least desire to) it will bring change. Saying that, I think
we should also look more deeply and review how we bring these
recommendations, asking ourselves if this is the only way. In the Friday
morning session, two extreme directions were presented as to how the
process could take place. That's exactly the point that bothered me, the
look of black or white only. There are so many ways in between that can
combine the good in both ways.

What saddens me the most is our fear of having an open conversation. I
received many responses to this email, some off-list, but so many in-person
during the last weekend in Berlin (and because I talked about it two days
ago with someone, here is a screenshot just for an example:
https://imgur.com/FM1naPJ).

I told many of them and I say it publicly, I didn't look for any public
support for what I wrote. Each of us has a different opinion or feedback.
Good and bad. And all these deserve to be said. It saddens me that we keep
things in our stomachs. We do things that we don't feel comfortable with
just because [enter your reason].

In one of the conversations, someone told me that he thinks that the
process is problematic, but they are his friends, and he doesn't want to
criticize them. That's one of the things that hurt me more and bothered me
during the whole weekend, wonder to myself if maybe I did something wrong.

The criticism is not personal towards anyone. Or at least that wasn't the
intention. There are questions that I think we as a movement, who
responsible together to this process, should ask about it. This is our duty
as a movement. Are we using the money correctly? Do we manage the work time
of the staff and volunteers right? It may be that everything is fine, but
it may not be. If we don't ask ourselves the questions from time to time,
we will not do our job. Assessment should be done all along, not just at
the end of a process. The fact this process is SUPER important is obvious
to everyone. But you can not go blind because of it.

It doesn't change the fact that the people behind it are my friends too,
some of them for many years. I love them all. And I know, and sure with all
my heart, that they do the best they can for the sake of movement. I
believe feedback, comments, are also important to them to adjust and
change. To talk about them and criticize their work behind their back it's
probably the most non-friendship thing to do.

Have a great weekend.



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On Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 3:19 PM Philip Kopetzky 
wrote:

> Hi Itzik,
>
> I'm sorry you feel this way and would hope you would still feel inclined to
> provide a critical point of view on the process. I agree with you that
> we're bad at changing processes that are evidently broken, but don't you
> think that we are exactly changing this fact by moving on from an affiliate
> system that has been broken for at least 3-4 years now and are finally
> prioritising measures that will support our communities in becoming
> healthier and more fun to work in?
>
> Best,
> Philip
>
> On Thu, 28 Mar 2019 at 19:09, Kiril Simeonovski <
> kiril.simeonov...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Anders,
> >
> > There is an expression in Macedonian that says „Секое вештачко нешто се
> > распаѓа на природен начин.“ (Every artificial creation breaks down
> > naturally.). This is exactly what is going to happen with this strategy.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Kiril
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 7:05 PM Anders Wennersten <
> > m...@anderswennersten.se>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > There is a Swedish expression "har man tagit fan i båten får man ro
> > > honom i land" (If you have taken the devil into your boat you must row
> > > him ashore"
> > >
> > > Independent if this process has been bad or not, I see it is as just
> > > some six month left of it. And it is important to do the best of it. It
> > > would be a bad move to stop it at thois point in time, and would also
> be
> > > too late to correct the process if it has been flawed.
> > >
> &g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Sverige receives a total of USD 500, 000+ in funding for three new projects, and a cost reduction of USD 30, 000/year

2019-03-28 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Great news, John!



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On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 12:32 PM John Andersson 
wrote:

> Wikimedia Sverige is proud to be the recipient of three new grants totaling
> around USD 500,000. We hope to work with many of you as part of these
> projects. If you are interested in getting involved or receiving updates
> please let me know.
>
> Furthermore, the chapter also has a new heavily subsidized agreement for
> our office space.
>
> Project 1: Wikispeech – The Speech Data Collector
>
> The first project is a continuation of the Wikispeech[1] project, a
> text-to-speech (TTS) system that converts written text into speech. From
> September 2019 to April 2021 we aim to finalize building the MediaWiki
> extension and to build tools to collect speech data to add pronunciations
> to Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Wikidata and to add more languages to the
> text-to-speech solution. The tools should also be possible to use for oral
> citations.
>
> The work happens in partnership with the Royal Technical Institute, STTS (a
> language processing company), Mozilla Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland and
> the Swedish Dyslexia Association.
>
> As always, you can find the full application on our wiki (in Swedish):
>
> https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Wikispeech_–_Talresursinsamlaren_2019/Ansökan
>
> Project 2: Wikipedia in Libraries
>
> From 2019 to 2020 Wikimedia Sverige, together with the National Library of
> Sweden, will develop an online training module for Swedish librarians
> focused around free knowledge and the Wikimedia platforms. This will be a
> mandatory training for all of Sweden's 5,000 public librarians. Our hope is
> to give all of them a basic understanding of the Wikimedia projects, as
> well as to complement the online training with advanced courses for the
> most dedicated. The advanced courses will give them the tools to ongoingly
> organize activities and events independently at their libraries across the
> country.
>
> Furthermore, the librarians will be engaged in the #1Lib1Ref and
> FindingGLAMs campaigns.
>
> There is a great potential to receive continuous funding over the coming 3
> years if successful.
>
> As always, you can find the full application on our wiki (in Swedish):
> https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Wikipedia_i_biblioteken_2019/Ansökan
>
> Project 3: Bibliographical data on Wikidata
>
> We continue our work to include bibliographical data on Wikidata. The
> project details are still being negotiated with the funder. The project
> will start in mid-2019 and last until 2020.
>
> Cost reduction
>
> Starting from March 2019 we have a new agreement in place for a heavily
> subsidized coworking space office from the Swedish Internet Foundation.
> Through the agreement we will save us around USD 30,000 per year compared
> to when we had an office of our own.
>
> We have received this generous subsidy because Wikipedia is considered so
> important for the infrastructure of the Internet. We are very happy that
> the agreement does not have an end date and that we have the possibility to
> grow significantly over time as well (while keeping the generous subsidy).
>
> Please contact John Andersson (john.anders...@wikimedia.se) if you have
> any
> questions.
>
> [1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikispeech
>
> Best,
>
> John
>
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[Wikimedia-l] [strategy process] Fwd: I decided to leave the working group

2019-03-27 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi,

Two weeks ago I sent this email to my strategy working group (resource
allocation). I didn't plan to send a public email, just to share with the
rest of the group my reason to leave and just to disappear.
I receive feedbacks with many of the group members and also requesting
permissions to transfer it with others outside of the group, which leads to
more conversations that I had around it.

Last week we had our weekly phone call, during which we discussed our
feelings and opinions about the process so far. From our long conversation
and the conversations with the others, I learned that many of these
feelings exist among the other members, as well some ideas on how to make
it easier and less demanding and at the same time publishing the
conclusions sooner.
Yesterday, following a good conversation with one of the WMF's board
members about it, I was asked to share these thoughts with the movement's
list, so that it may also involve the community's feedback as well.



*Itzik Edri*
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it...@wikimedia.org.il
+972-54-5878078



-- Forwarded message -
From: Itzik - Wikimedia Israel 
Date: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 2:08 PM
Subject: I decided to leave the working group
To: 

Dear friends,

For a long time I have been considering leaving the working group but each
time I decided to give it another chance. Yesterday, after long
consideration, I decided to write this email.

I must be honest - I was skeptical from the first moment about this
process. The huge amount of money which the board allocated to this process
together with the complicated and (very) long process planned for it - make
me doubt the ability to really have a real outcome in a reasonable time.
For the past two years, it seems to me like the strategy took over almost
every movement event and activity. I feel bad for investing millions of
dollars from our donations and uncounted hours of volunteer time into this
process.

I also felt hypocritical in the way the foundation acts - while "freezing"
grant programs (such as APG) and holding affiliates from increasing their
programs and budgets, "because of the strategy process" while
simultaneously approving itself to increase its budget and staff year after
year by tens of percentage.

Despite my distrust of the chances of this process and the criticism I felt
for it, I instructed my organization to give it the full support we been
asked, as all our movement did. Later on, I decided to join this working
group as I felt we almost reached the final step of the process and I
wanted to help shape the recommendations. I was totally wrong.

In the first months of the workgroups, I felt it was completely wasted of
time. I saw how wonderful volunteers tried to lead the process within each
group (thank you Daria!) - but it wasn't their job, nor none of us. I felt
like I was returning to university, and every few weeks I received
instructions and homework from the lecturer, with assignments to the
following week - and in between, that we need to lead it and solve things
by ourselves. It took the core team a few months to change it and bring
external support, but even after the (right) change, it continues to feel
like I came *to work for *the strategic process, not with.

I felt like nothing happened for the past year(or years?) before the
working groups started to operate. As if we didn't have hundreds of
meetings around the world, with a total of tens of thousands of people and
an enormous amount of hours of conversations - and aside from a short few
sentences of a strategic direction, we started from scratch. A completely
new process.
From scratch to have discussions about what this process is, definitions
and concepts. What is the problem with the current system? What are the
challenges? What people shared during the first phase? Information which
wasn't available and ready for the group, and still isn't. Eight months
after we start, the real conversation about the subject which I joined to
discuss about and help shape recommendations around it, is far, far away
from even to start.

The more I spoke to more and more people who are part of the process, I
realized that this despair is not only with me but with many. But we are a
real Wikimedians, and we are committed to the things we start. We are bad
with stopping things when they don't work or have real reviews of the
things we do when we have the belief that this is the right thing. I
completely stopped thinking it is the right thing to our movement.

Last month, in our in-person meeting in Berlin, one of the opening
activities was to sum up the number of years we were all members of the
movement. Just think about doing the same, and sum up the number of
volunteer (and staff) hours invested until now in this process. We are
talking about tens of thousands of hours of work not even taking into
consideration the huge amount of money involved.
And the end of the process is very far away.

In one of our d

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Helene Hahn and Mirjam Stegherr appointed to the WMDE board

2019-03-11 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
That is great news, Lukas!

I'm happy to see that more and more boards diverse their membership. I
think it's an important thing and a valuable contribution to the ability of
our organizations to see the big picture behind our current movement
activities and thinking.



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On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 1:24 PM Lukas Mezger 
wrote:

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
>
> I am happy to share with you that the Wikimedia Deutschland board has
> appointed Helene Hahn and Mirjam Stegherr as additional members to the
> board.
>
> *Helene *is a free knowledge enthusiast and a co-founder of Coding Da
> Vinci, the first German open cultural data hackathon(1). For the past five
> years, she has worked as a project manager for community and technology
> projects in the fields of open government, data literacy and open culture
> at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. *Mirjam *is a highly experienced
> expert in media and communications. Having worked as a freelance
> journalist, consultant, deputy editor-in-chief, press officer, and head of
> communications for 20 years, she has extensive experience at all levels of
> strategic communications.
>
> Both will be full members of the board until the next board elections at
> the general assembly in June 2020 and we are very much looking forward to
> working with Helene and Mirjam.
>
> The Wikimedia Deutschland board(2) of consists of up to 9 members. Seven
> members are elected by the general assembly for a two-year term. After the
> election, the seven board members can appoint up to two additional members
> to the board. As the general assembly on 1 December 2018 resulted in the
> election of six men and one woman, we decided to consider only applications
> from non-male candidates for the appointed seats. Subsequently, we
> published a profile with the skills and experiences which we considered to
> be most important for our board. We are happy that this approach was very
> successful: We received more than 80 recommendations and 16 applications of
> highly qualified candidates. Through this process, we have made some
> valuable experiences and contacts on which we want to build to further
> increase the diversity of candidates in upcoming board elections.
>
> Please join me in welcoming Helene und Mirjam to the Wikiverse!
> Kind regards,
>
> Lukas
>
> (1) https://codingdavinci.de/about/
> (2) https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Deutschland#Board
> --
>
> Dr. Lukas Mezger
> Vorsitzender des Präsidiums / chair of the Supervisory Board
>
> Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> Tel. (030) 219 158 260 – (0151) 268 63 931
> http://wikimedia.de
>
> Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
> Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
> http://spenden.wikimedia.de
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Agreement Reached Between Wikimedia Israel and Israeli Archives

2019-02-27 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
You can also read more about it on Haaretz:

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-after-uploading-28-000-historical-images-wikimedia-signs-deal-with-national-library-1.6976376



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On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 6:19 PM Michal Lester 
wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> I'm happy to share with you that last Monday, nearly four months after
> Wikimedia Israel’s extraction of nearly 28-thousand public-domain
> photographs  from archives
> affiliated with the State of Israel and the Zionist movement, an agreement
> was finally reached to reconcile the differences between the parties and to
> assure future cooperation.
>
> The archives from which the photographs had been extracted last November
> questioned the legitimacy of Wikimedia Israel’s move and demanded an
> apology for the misuse of their websites. They agreed, on the other hand,
> to enhance access to public-domain material stored in their archives and to
> further cooperation with Wikimedia Israel.
>
> Following the agreement, Wikimedia Israel released a statement saying it
> “regrets the situation that has resulted from lack of communication between
> the archives and Wikimedia Israel”. The statement further says that
> “different world-views and organizational cultures harmed the dialogue and
> distorted the understanding of the intentions of the archives and of
> Wikimedia Israel”. The statement ends by saying that “this is not how the
> affairs should have been conducted, and we wish to apologize to anyone who
> sees themselves offended by the move”.
>
> The agreement calls for better access to public material, while maintaining
> better sensitivity, and “respecting the rights of those who deposited the
> material and the Israeli law”. In addition, Wikimedia Israel offered its
> help in the effort to digitalize the material and make it more accessible.
> This should serve not only Israelis, but also people throughout the Middle
> East, who could find interest in historical photographs taken decades ago
> in neighboring countries and territories.
>
> I hope that in the near future this agreement will lead to a better
> collaboration and releasing of materials.
>
> Michal
>
>
>
> *Michal Lester,*
>
> *Executive DirectorWikimedia Israel*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws changed plus next steps

2019-02-21 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
No, you aren't missing anything. The timeline is strange.

As Antanana wrote, *"The conversation about how User Groups may participate
in this process has been on for years, it is not a new topic [4]." *
So if it isn't a new proposal, why the board jumped to do this change so
close to the election instead of a year or so before?
On the other hand, if this issue is old enough, so why do the change now,
instead of holding the elections and then conduct (without pressure) a REAL
discussion and DEEP thinking about how to involve UGs while maintaining
equal elections.



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On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 8:01 PM effe iets anders 
wrote:

> As for process.. While I appreciate that this time, the change was at least
> announced before the vote, and that some board members at least engaged in
> some conversation - I have yet to see how this was taken into consideration
> by the board as a whole. It feels like the board already made up its mind.
>
> What is surprising me most, is that it took a month for this announcement
> to be made - especially considering a time sensitive process being impacted
> by this decision. Or did I miss a more timely announcement elsewhere?
>
> Best,
> Lodewijk
>
> On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 3:19 AM Santiago Navarro <
> santiagonava...@wikimedia.es> wrote:
>
> > In fact, I did not participate in the discussion page on meta about
> > that, because I guessed that my opinion would not be taken in account,
> > neither discussed, and now it seems that, sadly, I was right in that
> > thought.
> >
> > El 2019-02-19 17:25, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel escribió:
> > > Antanana and the board,
> > >
> > > I find it sad and disappointing that after such a long conversation on
> > > the
> > > talk page, there wasn't any comment on the talk page or in this
> > > statement
> > > about the problem of double voting by many UG's members. Did the board
> > > even
> > > discuss that or we just wasted our time giving feedback on it?
> > >
> > > Ensuring equality in voting is the basis for every democracy and is
> > > trampled here completely without any comment from the board about how
> > > to
> > > ensure it.
> > >
> > >
> > > *Itzik Edri*
> > > Chairperson
> > > it...@wikimedia.org.il
> > > +972-54-5878078
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 5:18 PM Nataliia Tymkiv  >
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> Hello all!
> > >>
> > >> The Wikimedia Foundation Board has unanimously approved the changes to
> > >> the
> > >> Bylaws [1] during the last Board meeting on January 30, 2019. This
> > >> will be
> > >> covered in the minutes, and the resolution will be published in short
> > >> order.
> > >>
> > >> This change allows the participation of User Groups [2] in the
> > >> Affiliate-selected Board seats (ASBS) 2019 process [3].  The
> > >> discussion
> > >> about this process should start as soon as possible in order to have
> > >> these
> > >> two seats selected by Wikimania. This is why we are sending this
> > >> letter
> > >> now, before the resolution is published.
> > >>
> > >> There are now over 100 recognized User Groups, covering over 50
> > >> countries,
> > >> several languages and topics, many of whom represent new and emergent
> > >> communities within the Wikimedia movement. The Board believes that the
> > >> added perspectives of the User Groups, combined with the voices of
> > >> Chapters
> > >> and Thematic Organizations, will lead to a richer collection of
> > >> guidance
> > >> for our movement. The conversation about how User Groups may
> > >> participate in
> > >> this process has been on for years, it is not a new topic [4].
> > >>
> > >> Once the facilitators of the Selection process are appointed by the
> > >> affiliates, they should work with María Sefidari, who has been chosen
> > >> by
> > >> the Board as the Board liaison for the ASBS process.
> > >>
> > >> Given the potential complexity of organizing a process that now will
> > >> include over a hundred user groups, the Wikimedia Foundation is
> > >> offering
> > >> its support to set up infrastructure and help with communications if
> > >>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws changed plus next steps

2019-02-19 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Antanana and the board,

I find it sad and disappointing that after such a long conversation on the
talk page, there wasn't any comment on the talk page or in this statement
about the problem of double voting by many UG's members. Did the board even
discuss that or we just wasted our time giving feedback on it?

Ensuring equality in voting is the basis for every democracy and is
trampled here completely without any comment from the board about how to
ensure it.


*Itzik Edri*
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it...@wikimedia.org.il
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On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 5:18 PM Nataliia Tymkiv 
wrote:

> Hello all!
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation Board has unanimously approved the changes to the
> Bylaws [1] during the last Board meeting on January 30, 2019. This will be
> covered in the minutes, and the resolution will be published in short
> order.
>
> This change allows the participation of User Groups [2] in the
> Affiliate-selected Board seats (ASBS) 2019 process [3].  The discussion
> about this process should start as soon as possible in order to have these
> two seats selected by Wikimania. This is why we are sending this letter
> now, before the resolution is published.
>
> There are now over 100 recognized User Groups, covering over 50 countries,
> several languages and topics, many of whom represent new and emergent
> communities within the Wikimedia movement. The Board believes that the
> added perspectives of the User Groups, combined with the voices of Chapters
> and Thematic Organizations, will lead to a richer collection of guidance
> for our movement. The conversation about how User Groups may participate in
> this process has been on for years, it is not a new topic [4].
>
> Once the facilitators of the Selection process are appointed by the
> affiliates, they should work with María Sefidari, who has been chosen by
> the Board as the Board liaison for the ASBS process.
>
> Given the potential complexity of organizing a process that now will
> include over a hundred user groups, the Wikimedia Foundation is offering
> its support to set up infrastructure and help with communications if
> requested by the affiliates.
>
> A page for translation can be found at:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019/Wikimedia_Foundation_Bylaws_changed_plus_next_steps
>
> On behalf of the Board
>
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
>
> Chair of the Board Governance Committee
>
> [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/December_2018_-_Affiliate-selected_trustees,_term_limits,_and_diversity
>
>
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_user_groups
>
>
> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019
>
>
> [4]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/January_2014_-_Amendment_for_Trustees_selected_by_Chapters_and_Thematic_Organizations
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update and feedback results from the Wikimedia's chairpersons retreat

2019-01-01 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Pine,

So far the chairperson meetings took place during Wikimedia Summit or
Wikimania, and some other were online. So yes, undoubtedly there are ways
to prevent more travels, and this is what we did for the past four years.

You mentioned three factors about international meetings, but you forgot
one important one. The chairpersons are volunteers, so the element of
vacation days is also a factor which we need to consider when we evaluate
such volunteers meetings. Adding another two days meeting to Wikimania for
example (which was this year in a distant destination) - can mean almost a
week off to the ones that would have participated. Also, we worked to
arrange this meeting for a quite long time, additional to other
work-related and our affiliate's obligations. And even if we wanted, we
couldn't be ready enough with this meeting enough time before Wikimania, in
a way that will also give enough notice time to the chairs (some of them
didn't attend Wikimania this year).

As far as we were concerned, it was a pilot, so it was very important for
us to be assisted by an external facilitator and to be immediately
attentive to feedback to assess the value of the meeting.

Thank you for the warm words in your email summary.


*Itzik Edri*
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On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 5:39 AM Pine W  wrote:

> Hi Itzik, Frans, and Vojtěch,
>
> I am very behind on email but I wanted to say thanks for sharing this
> report from the chairpersons' meeting.
>
> I am wondering whether, for the purposes of (1) increasing the cost
> effectiveness of travel expenses, (2) reducing the negative environmental
> effects from travel, and (3) increasing the number of chairpersons who
> participate, if future meetings could be scheduled immediately before or
> after Wikimania or the Wikimedia (WMF + Affiliates) Summit. Alternatively,
> future meetings could be held online so that travel is not necessary. What
> do you think?
>
> Thanks again for sharing this report. I get the impression that the
> chairpersons found the meeting to be valuable, and I hope that similar
> meetings will happen in the future. My guess is that being a chair of a
> Wikimedia affiliate can require significant time and involve difficult
> conversations. I'm grateful for those who volunteer their time to serve.
>
> Regards,
>
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 8:31 PM Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > For four years now, since Wikimania 2014 in London, the chairpersons of
> the
> > recognized chapters have met as a group twice a year, during Wikimania
> and
> > the Wikimedia Conference (now the Wikimedia Summit), usually for 1 - 2
> > hours during one of the lunch breaks.
> >
> > I started to arrange these meetings as an opportunity for the
> chairpersons
> > to meet, and the concept of these meetings at the beginning was to host
> > every time a different person from our movement.
> >
> > Later on, Tim Moritz Hector (WMDE) and Frans Grijzenhout (WMNL) joined to
> > help me arrange and plan these meetings, and as result also from the
> > feedback of the other chairs, we changed the concept to discussions and
> > presentations format in order to speak about issues related to the
> > organizations we represent and our movement in general. We also created a
> > mailing list as a place to get updates but also to raise questions and
> > share information (such as questions related to the organization's
> > policies, ED, board issues and other).
> >
> > About half a year ago, Frans and me thought we had to take these meetings
> > to a higher level, and, for the first time, we proposed to organize a two
> > days meeting, where we can have a dedicated time, without interruptions
> > (and lunch on our tables...) in order to focus on bigger issues.
> >
> > We already have board trainings for new board members, but we don’t have
> > any program which supports the chairpersons as leaders of their boards
> and
> > their organizations. So we decided to focus on improving the
> interpersonal
> > skills and leadership competencies of chairpersons and give them other
> > tools to become better and more effective in their roles.
> >
> > In order to achieve this, we decided to contract an experienced external
> > trainer & facilitator.
> >
> > In the beginning, we planned to have this meeting with all the
> > chairpersons, from the big and from the small chapters. But as the WMF’s
> > grants program were temporarily not accepting new grants requests, we
> > weren't able to get support to finance the p

[Wikimedia-l] Update and feedback results from the Wikimedia's chairpersons retreat

2018-12-03 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi,

For four years now, since Wikimania 2014 in London, the chairpersons of the
recognized chapters have met as a group twice a year, during Wikimania and
the Wikimedia Conference (now the Wikimedia Summit), usually for 1 - 2
hours during one of the lunch breaks.

I started to arrange these meetings as an opportunity for the chairpersons
to meet, and the concept of these meetings at the beginning was to host
every time a different person from our movement.

Later on, Tim Moritz Hector (WMDE) and Frans Grijzenhout (WMNL) joined to
help me arrange and plan these meetings, and as result also from the
feedback of the other chairs, we changed the concept to discussions and
presentations format in order to speak about issues related to the
organizations we represent and our movement in general. We also created a
mailing list as a place to get updates but also to raise questions and
share information (such as questions related to the organization's
policies, ED, board issues and other).

About half a year ago, Frans and me thought we had to take these meetings
to a higher level, and, for the first time, we proposed to organize a two
days meeting, where we can have a dedicated time, without interruptions
(and lunch on our tables...) in order to focus on bigger issues.

We already have board trainings for new board members, but we don’t have
any program which supports the chairpersons as leaders of their boards and
their organizations. So we decided to focus on improving the interpersonal
skills and leadership competencies of chairpersons and give them other
tools to become better and more effective in their roles.

In order to achieve this, we decided to contract an experienced external
trainer & facilitator.

In the beginning, we planned to have this meeting with all the
chairpersons, from the big and from the small chapters. But as the WMF’s
grants program were temporarily not accepting new grants requests, we
weren't able to get support to finance the participation of the small
chapters which didn’t have the budget to cover the costs.

So in the end, we hold a smaller meeting a week ago (hosted by WMCZ in
Prague), with 17 chairpersons which could cover the travel and meeting
costs (with a small grant from the WMF to help to support part of the
facilitator's fee).

During the meeting (or you can also call it a retreat) we had workshops and
sessions to know each other better, to speak about effective and
accountable boards, team dynamics, failures (and how to continue) and work
on interpersonal skills and more.

We decided to share with you the results and feedback we received, which
may be used by other groups or similar events:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MOBru_m1wQu-IESItb5IWjWp9mVVdRuG/view?usp=sharing

You can read more about the meeting on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate_Chairpersons_meeting_November_24_-_25,_2018

And also the notes of some of the session:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Affiliate_Chairpersons_meeting_November_24_-_25,_2018

We felt this information will be valuable to share with the rest of the
movement.

Yours,
Itzik, Frans, and Vojtěch (WMCZ)



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] בואו לקחת חלק במפגש התמונות הגדול - מחר, ספריית בית אריאלה!

2018-11-20 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
And it happened to me again: I sent an email to Wikimedia-L instead to
Wikimedia Israel's mailing list. Oops! sorry about that :)

But if you are in Israel (just in case!), you are welcome to join us
tomorrow for a special photo-editon event, and help us categorized and add
relevant photos to Wikipedia, as part of our special project to release
more than 28,000 from museums in Israel (more about it in English
<http://www.themedialine.org/news/wikimedia-publishes-treasure-trove-of-historical-pre-israel-photos/>,
English 2
<https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3749822,00.html>, and
Franch
<https://israelnoticias.com/editorial/fotos-historicas-israel-wikimedia/>)




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On Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 4:47 PM Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:

> היי,
>
> בוודאי ראיתם את הפרסומים על פרויקט שחרור התמונות שערכה העמותה (הארץ
> <https://www.haaretz.co.il/news/education/.premium-MAGAZINE-1.6657258>,
> כלכליסט
> <https://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/0,7340,L-3749654,00.html>, 
> ישראל
> היום <https://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/608483>, תקשורת חו"ל
> <http://www.themedialine.org/news/wikimedia-publishes-treasure-trove-of-historical-pre-israel-photos/>
>  ועוד).
> התגובות היו חיוביות ביותר וחשוב לנו לתת גם להזדמנות לציבור לשמוע מאיתנו
> ולקחת חלק בפעילות ולכן נערוך מחר, יום רביעי, מפגש בספריית בית אריאלה בתל
> אביב, החל מהשעה 19:00.
>
> האירוע פתוח לקהל הרחב ואתם מוזמנים לקחת חלק, ולסייע לאנשים שיגיעו לאירוע
> בקטלוג התמונות, שילובן בוויקיפדיה ואף סריקת חומרים
>
> פרטים נוספים בדף האירוע:
>
> https://wikimedia.org.il/%D7%91%D7%95%D7%90%D7%95-%D7%9C%D7%94%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%97%D7%9C%D7%A7-%D7%9E%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%98-%D7%A9%D7%97%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A8-%D7%94%D7%AA%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%9C/
>
> נתראה!
>
> *Itzik Edri*
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[Wikimedia-l] בואו לקחת חלק במפגש התמונות הגדול - מחר, ספריית בית אריאלה!

2018-11-20 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
היי,

בוודאי ראיתם את הפרסומים על פרויקט שחרור התמונות שערכה העמותה (הארץ
,
כלכליסט
, ישראל
היום , תקשורת חו"ל

ועוד).
התגובות היו חיוביות ביותר וחשוב לנו לתת גם להזדמנות לציבור לשמוע מאיתנו
ולקחת חלק בפעילות ולכן נערוך מחר, יום רביעי, מפגש בספריית בית אריאלה בתל
אביב, החל מהשעה 19:00.

האירוע פתוח לקהל הרחב ואתם מוזמנים לקחת חלק, ולסייע לאנשים שיגיעו לאירוע
בקטלוג התמונות, שילובן בוויקיפדיה ואף סריקת חומרים

פרטים נוספים בדף האירוע:
https://wikimedia.org.il/%D7%91%D7%95%D7%90%D7%95-%D7%9C%D7%94%D7%99%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%97%D7%9C%D7%A7-%D7%9E%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%98-%D7%A9%D7%97%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A8-%D7%94%D7%AA%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%A0%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%9C/

נתראה!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] +28K images freed from Israel archives and uploaded to commons

2018-11-14 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi,

I would like to add more information to what Matanya shared with you. We
are working on a blog post for the international blog, but meanwhile here
is the summary:

If you know this, it means that you are around for (too) many years, but 6
years ago Wikimedia Israel managed
[1]
to get the government to make a decision to allow the public to freely use
images taken by government officials. Since then we have been working to
release more and more photos owned by the government and government
organizations.

In recent years we have contacted organizations that hold pictures before
the establishment of the State of Israel, in order to convince them to
upload the photos they have to Commons. Many of them claim on their website
that they owned the pictures and that they have copyright, although it
isn't true and those pictures are PD according to the Israeli law. Some of
them also added a watermark on this pictures to prevent using them without
paying to the archive.

After many of them denied to change the copyright warnings, nor to give us
the pictures we decide two years ago to do something bold.
*We decided that if they don't want to "give" the photos, we will take them
without asking. *
We had discussions within our board about it and what we want to do, and we
have commissioned a detailed legal opinion to understand what we can do
under the Israeli law, what to avoid and what we must be careful about.

With that, we moved to a project which we kept secret and only a few knew
about it and we mapped all the organization which holds such pictures and
reviewed which of the sites can be technically crawled. We built serval
tools to crawl, remove watermarks (where we can) and upload them to
commons. To avoid overloading the sites that could expose us legally to
problems with other laws and also avoid unnecessary attention, we ran and
used these tools slowly and carefully. We review the content and then
started to upload it to commons.

As Matanya mentioned until now we managed to download and upload photos
from the* Israel State Archives, Jewish National Fund Archive,  Moshe
Sharett Archive, Palmah Archive, and the Government Press Office*.

When it was revealed yesterday in one of the largest newspapers in Israel
[2], some of these organizations responded that they welcomed the operation
(even though they refused to transfer the pictures when we turned to them)
and some objected or did not respond.

I hope that this (short and incomplete) summary gives more information
about this unique project.

[1]
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/12/19/wikimedia-chapter-wins-victory-for-free-licenses-in-israel/
[2] https://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/0,7340,L-3749654,00.html



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On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 8:16 AM  wrote:

> Hello,
>
> It is a great pleasure for me to let you all know that wikimedia Israel
> had developed a web scraper that crawled in various archives in Israel and
> uploaded more than 28K free images to commons.
>
> The tool (https://github.com/wmil-1946/wikiscraper) was developed to
> crawl the web site (list below) and clean them, remove water marks, etc.
>
> Only images taken before 1946 were uploaded, as per the law in Israel and
> United states.
>
> Many volunteers had joined the effort by categorizing, linking and using
> the images once uploaded.
>
> It even got coverage on Israeli media (here (
> https://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/0,7340,L-3749654,00.html))
>
> Commons categories containing the files:
> [1 (
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_JNF_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel)
> 2 (
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_ISA_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel)
> 3 (
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_Moshe_Sharett_Archive_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel)
> 4 (
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_Palmah_Archive_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel)
> 5 (
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_from_GPO_uploaded_by_Wikimedia_Israel
> )]
>
> Thanks to all the people involved in this gigantic effort and enjoy using
> historical images from the holy land! :)
>
> Matanya
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

2018-08-02 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Gregory,

I just looked quickly at the new site, which is a very refreshing change,
and I'll send later more detailed feedback...

But I must say I really like the leadership page:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/role/leadership/

Not from a design, content or functional point of view, but because I suddenly
noticed that most of the leadership team were women, which made me really
proud. It's so not obvious.

J






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On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 4:51 AM, Gregory Varnum 
wrote:

> Hello,
>
> After many months of work by over 100 individuals around the organization
> and movement, the Wikimedia Foundation's new website soft launched this
> week!
>
> You can check it out for yourself here (you may need to clear your
> browser's cache):  https://wikimediafoundation.org/
>
>
> So what comes next?
>
> Throughout this week, the Communications department and core website team
> will be doing final tweaks and quality assurance testing in preparations
> for translations.
>
> Over the coming weeks we will be working with affiliates and contributors
> around the world to make the site in available in Arabic, Chinese, French,
> German, Russian, and Spanish - in addition to the English version soft
> launched today. Once the translations are completed, we will be doing a
> more public announcement regarding the new website and begin more formally
> implementing usage of it.
>
> Additionally, we will be holding office hours in the coming weeks.
>
>
> What about the old website?
>
> The old website (aka Foundation Wiki) will be given new life in the coming
> weeks as the Wikimedia Foundation Governance Wiki - where it will continue
> to house important documentation for the Wikimedia Foundation like
> policies, board resolutions and minutes, legal documents, etc. Additional
> information on the changes coming to that wiki and the plans for migrating
> archived content to Meta-Wiki will be available in the coming weeks.
>
>
> What else should I know?
>
> There is a lot of great things about this new website we are excited to
> share with all of you! More information about office hours will available
> in the coming weeks. Until then, we encourage you to take a look and
> contact me directly if you find any bugs, typos, or have any comments.
>
>
> Thank you!
>
> The Communications department greatly appreciates all of the discussions,
> work, and patience everyone has put into this gigantic undertaking. We are
> very close to the finish line, and today marks a significant step which was
> only possible with the help of the 100+ people involved.
>
> On behalf of the Communications department and core website team (Heather,
> Zack, Katherine, Mel, and Greg),
>
> -greg
>
> ---
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Open Law Book project on Wikisource

2018-08-02 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi,

Following Michal's email, I just want to update that the Knesset, the
Israeli parliament, released the story out earlier this week. Here is their
press release (in Hebrew): http://main.knesset.gov.il/News/PressReleases/
Pages/press26.07.18.aspx

This unique collaboration was shared on many official Facebook pages, among
them:
* The Knesset: https://www.facebook.com/TheKnesset/photos/a.
208518629234440.51187.202758726477097/1780330265386594/?type=3
* The Ministry of Justice:
https://www.facebook.com/justice.gov.il/posts/1803422976378511
* The Governmental Freedom Of Information Unit:
https://www.facebook.com/FreedomOfInformationUnit/posts/1087069034773404
* Wikimedia Israel:
https://www.facebook.com/WikimediaIL/posts/1731560666898582
and Public Knowledge Workshop:
https://www.facebook.com/hasadna.org.il/photos/a.210740292276182.66759.167171689966376/2294486067234917/?type=3


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On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 4:25 PM, Michal Lester 
wrote:

>  Hi all,
> Together with the Public Knowledge Workshop[1], a non-profit organization
> whose mission is to release public information, we signed a Declaration of
> Principles with the Israeli Parliament regarding the Open Law Book project
> on Wikisource[2]. This project began in 2004 and is an initiative to make
> all the laws and regulations passed by the parliament accessible to the
> public in a clear and reliable manner. Recently, the Israeli Parliament
> launched the National Legislation Database, which contains all information
> and data regarding the state's laws. In the  collaboration agreement signed
> between the three stakeholders, it is agreed that the Nationals Legislation
> Database will include links to the corresponding information in the Open
> Law Book, while vice versa the database may freely use any information from
> the Open Law Book. This collaboration will allow the public to have the
> most up-to-date information in a clear and understandable way, and thus
> also increase the transparency of legislation in Israel. This
> groundbreaking achievement is an example to the kind of impact that open
> knowledge initiatives can have on civil life.
>
> *Michal Lester,*
>
>
>
> *Executive DirectorWikimedia Israel*
> *http://www.wikimedia.org.il   *
>
>
> * [1] http://www.hasadna.org.il/en/about/
> [2]
> https://he.wikisource.org/wiki/%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99%
> D7%98%D7%A7%D7%A1%D7%98:%D7%A1%D7%A4%D7%A8_%D7%94%D7%97%
> D7%95%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%9D_%D7%94%D7%A4%D7%AA%D7%95%D7%97
>  D7%98%D7%A7%D7%A1%D7%98:%D7%A1%D7%A4%D7%A8_%D7%94%D7%97%
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Israel joins the nationwide strike to protest the exclusion of gay couples the right to become parents

2018-07-20 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi,

A few days ago, the Israeli parliament, with the support of Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, blocked a legal change on that would have
given the LGBT community the right to become parents. The new law denies
state-supported surrogacy to LGBT couples and single men.

In response, Israel’s LGBT Task Force called publicly for a strike on
Sunday, "The LGBT community is calling upon you, the LGBT and community
supporters, to join us in a one-day nationwide strike on Sunday, July 22,
Tisha Be’av".

During the last few days, a huge list of big companies and organizations in
Israel *publicized *their support and joined the strike by allowing their
employees to take a paid day off work to join the nationwide protest.

This morning, the board of Wikimedia Israel, alongside with other
organizations joined this call and published this announcement:
https://www.facebook.com/WikimediaIL/posts/1716487061739276
https://twitter.com/WikimediaIL/status/1020214512392302592


*"Wikimedia Israel supports the just struggle for full equality, led by the
Israeli LGTBQ community.*

*Equality to every woman and man, regardless of gender, sexual preference,
religion, origin, or disability is a central value in the international
Wikimedia Movement. *

*The current outcry for the right for parenthood, indiscriminate medical
treatment, and protection against violent statements by public figures
against the LGTBQ community, is a part of the grand and continuous struggle
for full rights and legitimacy to the Israeli LGTBQ community, and we
support them in their struggle."*



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimédia France Governance review

2018-07-09 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Nadine,

Thank you for sharing the report with us. I just gave a quick look at it,
and I printed it so I could read it on the flight to Cape Town. But I agree
with you that it's an important review and the recommendations are
important and may be useful for all of us!

Itzik



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On Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 12:43 AM, Nadine Le Lirzin 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> As announced last month on this list[1], the Governance Assessment Report
> by external auditors "Associés en gouvernance" has been published, and we
> want to share it with you.
>
> The auditors did a great work, first in their rather good understanding of
> our movement complexity, and then in the numerous improvement suggestions
> they delivered.
>
> The consultation of our members – to fully associate them to the rebuilding
> – is still in progress. Main changes will be submitted to a vote at next
> General Assembly, by the end of the year.
>
> The document has been translated in English and is now available on
> Commons[2].
>
> May these suggestions be useful not only for Wikimédia France, but also for
> any other chapter or affiliate that would be in need of governance advice
> or ideas.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Nadine Le Lirzin
> *Wikimedia France Board Secretary*
>
>
> [1] https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-
> June/090413.html
> [2]
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_France_-_
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Wikimania 2019

2018-02-08 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
 Congratulations Wikimedia Sweden!

WMSE is one of the strongest and most creative chapters and I'm sure
Wikimania 2019 will be an amazing event!






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On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 3:58 AM, Ellie Young  wrote:

>
>
>
>
>
> *All,On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee and the Wikimedia
> Foundation, I am pleased to announce that we have decided to have Wikimania
> located in Sweden in 2019. The proposal
>  from the
> Wikimedia Sweden chapter was accepted. The committee appreciates and values
> the long standing interest of Wikimania Sweden to host an event, and we
> believe that hosting Wikimania will be an opportunity to boost Wikimedia
> projects there with a specific focus on public art, a field in which the
> Swedish Sverige team has been particularly active.  The exact location of
> the conference will be confirmed at a later date.The Wikimania Committee
> reviewed and discussed four very strong proposals
>  to host Wikimania in 2019.
> We would also like to thank the proposers from Sweden, Armenia, Perth, and
> Prague for all their efforts in putting together materials for our
> consideration and their time spent discussing the possibilities. It is very
> encouraging to have so much interest from our community from individuals
> who wish to lead and contribute to Wikimania.Please join us in
> congratulating the Wikimedia Wikimedia Sverige!
> Sincerely,Ellie YoungWMF Events
> ManagerOn behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee and Wikimedia
> Foundation*
>
>
> ​
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC Recommendations, Round 1 2017-18

2017-11-20 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Agree with Chris.

Thank you dear FDC members and staff for the great work: your analysis,
comments, and insight.
I know how hard and complicated is Round 1, and how much time each one of
you invested before and during the deliberations. Once again, thank you.

And Bishaka - congratulations on your new role!



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On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 8:53 PM, Chris Keating 
wrote:

> Thanks FDC for your hard work on the recommendations, and It's great to see
> so many applicants earning full funding this time!
>
> Chris
>
> On 20 Nov 2017 5:43 pm, "Bishakha Datta"  wrote:
>
> > Dear Wikimedians,
> >
> > The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) meets twice a year to make
> > recommendations about how to effectively allocate movement funds to
> achieve
> > the Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy.  This is now the
> > 11th round of allocations made by the FDC, and we met in person from
> > November 17-20, 2017 in Madrid to deliberate on 9 proposals submitted
> this
> > round. Wikimedia Deutschland's annual plan will be reviewed separately.
> >
> >
> > We would like to thank all of the participating organizations for the
> hard
> > work they put into this round’s proposals.
> >
> > Our recommendations for Round 1 2017-2018 on the annual plan grants to
> the
> > Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees have now been posted on Meta.[1]
> The
> > Board will review our deliberations and make a decision by December 31,
> > 2017.
> >
> > We received grant requests for approximately USD 2,766,000 this round.
> > Before we met, committee members reviewed all of the proposals and
> > documents submitted.  We were assisted in this review with input from the
> > FDC staff assessments which included analysis on impact, finances, and
> > programs, as well as community comments on the proposals.
> >
> > As you may know, there is a formal process to submit complaints or
> appeals
> > about these recommendations. Here are the steps for both:
> >
> > Any organization that would like to submit an appeal on the FDC’s
> > recommendation should submit it to the Board representatives to the FDC
> by
> > 23:59 UTC on 8 December 2017 in accord with the appeal process outlined
> in
> > the FDC Framework [2]. A formal appeal to challenge the FDC’s
> > recommendation should be in the form of a 500-or-fewer word summary
> > directed to the two non-voting WMF Board representatives to the FDC,
> > Nataliia Tymkiv and Dariusz Jemielniak. The appeal should be submitted
> > on-wiki, and must be submitted by the Board Chair of a funding-seeking
> > applicant. The Wikimedia Foundation Board will publish its decision on
> this
> > and all recommendations by December 31, 2017.
> >
> > Anyone can file a complaint about the FDC process [3] with the
> Ombudsperson
> > at any time. The complaint should be submitted on wiki, as well. The
> > Ombudsperson will publicly document the complaint, and investigate as
> > needed.
> >
> > On behalf of the FDC,
> >
> > Bishakha Datta
> > FDC Chair
> >
> >
> > [1]
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_
> recommendations/2017-2018_
> > Round_1
> >
> >
> > [2]
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_
> Dissemination_Committee/
> > Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC
> >
> >
> > [3]
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedians of the Levant annual report for 2016-17

2017-11-05 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Farah,

It's great to hear about the success of Levant User Group's programs,
especially those in Palestine. Great work!

As WMIL also works with Arabic students [1], if you need any assistant with
materials and guides, we already created a few and we will be happy to
share them with you and provide any support.

Good luck!


[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1/Wikimedia_Israel/Impact_report_form#Programs_in_Arabic_.28High_schools.29



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On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 1:01 AM, Farah Jack Mustaklem 
wrote:

> We are happy to announce the publishing of the second annual report for
> the Wikimedians of the Levant User Group for the period between May 20,
> 2016 and May 19, 2017.
> The report can be found here
> 
> .
> Regards,
>
> Farah Mustaklem,
> Treasurer
> UG-LEV
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[Wikimedia-l] Endorsement for the movement’s strategic direction

2017-10-26 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
The board of Wikimedia Israel, on behalf of the Wikimedia Israel chapter,
wish to express its support and endorse the strategic direction, drafted by
the movement’s strategic team.

The board read, discussed and decided unanimously to endorse the strategic
direction and to express its gratitude for the movement's efforts so far.

WMIL was proud to take part in this process. We hosted several board &
community meetings to discuss the different topics raised by the strategic
team in each phase. We also hosted a salon strategy dinner [1] with a group
of experts from the communication, education and high-tech industries.

We found these meetings not only a contribution to the strategic process
but also as a great opportunity for our members to share and listen to
their friends’ ideas and visions for our movement. It was super important
and interesting to listen and learn from experts outside of our movement
and we will look forward to hosting these kinds of meetings and working
groups outside of the current strategy process as part of our yearly work.

We wish to thanks the whole team involved with leading this process so far
and we look forward to working together on the next phase of this
discussion.

Thank you!


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[1]
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Encyclopedic Writing Guide

2017-09-26 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Tanweer,

At this stage, there is no English version for this guide, but for personal
use in order to understand more about it and its structure, you can try
using Google Translate:
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=iw=en=y=_t=en=UTF-8=https%3A%2F%2Fguide.wikimedia.org.il%2F=




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On Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 8:01 AM, Tanweer Morshed 
wrote:

> Hi Michal,
>
> Thanks for the resource. Such a guide is indeed essential for producing
> quality content in Wikipedia. But the website seems to be in Hebrew only,
> is there an English version of the guide?
>
>
> On Monday, September 25, 2017, FULBERT 
> wrote:
>
> > This looks great; I can only wish it were in English!!
> >
> > Perhaps it is and I missed a link for it? Sounds like a useful resource!!
> >
> > -
> >
> > With Incredulity toward Metanarratives,
> >
> > Jeffrey
> > User:FULBERT
> > fulb...@fulbert-avebury.com 
> >
> > > On Sep 25, 2017, at 12:13 PM, Michal Lester  > > wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > I’m excited to share with you our new interactive tool *teaching
> > > encyclopedic writing*[1]. Encyclopedic writing differs from other kinds
> > of
> > > writing, such as academic, journalistic, or creative writing. In order
> to
> > > learn how to contribute substantial content to Wikipedia, it is not
> > enough
> > > to learn the technicalities of using Wikipedia's interface, as taught
> by
> > > the interactive educational software[2]. The Encyclopedic Writing Guide
> > was
> > > born of a need to instruct participants in our Educational projects, as
> > > well as the general public, on the principles of encyclopedic writing,
> > and
> > > specifically those of Wikipedia. The guide is aimed at teaching the
> rules
> > > and "best practices" that apply at various stages of contributing
> content
> > > to Wikipedia: from choosing a topic for an article, to finding sources,
> > to
> > > structuring the article, and finally, the required writing style. The
> > guide
> > > thus teaches how to asses the encyclopedic importance of a topic, how
> to
> > > find independent and reliable sources on that topic, how to structure
> the
> > > information according to Wikipedia's article format, and how to produce
> > > neutral and succinct writing.
> > >
> > > The guide is built as a website. Users are invited to choose between
> two
> > > tracks: a track for expanding existing articles and a track for writing
> > new
> > > ones. In both tracks, each of the four stages is presented on a
> different
> > > page, where the related information, tips, examples and practical tools
> > are
> > > concentrated. The information is presented in a basic concise form, and
> > the
> > > users are invited to open links and pop-ups to obtain more information
> > and
> > > practical examples.
> > >
> > > Editing Wikipedia is not just a technical skill. While learning how to
> > use
> > > Wikipedia's interface is necessary, it is not sufficient in order to
> > learn
> > > how to contribute substantial content to the platform. The Encyclopedic
> > > Writing Guide is the first tool of its kind teaching how to create
> > > encyclopedic content.
> > >
> > > Best,
> > >
> > > *Michal Lester,*
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > *Executive DirectorWikimedia Israel*
> > > [1] https://guide.wikimedia.org.il/
> > > [2] http://www.wikimedia.org.il/%D7%9C%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%93%D7%94/
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Awards for the promotion of open knowledge in Israel

2017-09-09 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
On 6 September, Wikimedia Israel, held an event to celebrate its tenth
anniversary. Wikipedians, volunteers, partners, and donors gathered to
celebrate the success they had all participated in making.

During the event, the “*Wikimedia Awards for the promotion of open
knowledge in Israel*” were handed out by Christophe Henner
(Chairperson/WMF), Itzik Edri (Chairperson/WMIL) & Michal Lester (ED/WMIL).
Four winners received the award for their significant contributions to
promoting Wikimedia’s vision. These awards are the first given out by a
Wikimedia affiliate for such a reason.

*The winners of the awards are:*

   - *Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL):* the association consistently
   supported our projects—starting from the first Wikipedia Academy in 2009,
   to hosting the 7th Wikimania in 2011, the Pikiwiki project (a database of
   free images of Israel), and many other initiatives.
   - *Haifa University*: the university is a leading academic institution
   with regards to Wikipedia writing assignments. The program they supported
   have paved the way for many other academic institutions to join. The
   collaboration began in 2011, and since then hundreds of Wikipedia articles
   have been written in dozens of courses. The initiators of the project are
   Dr. Ory Amitay and Hana Yariv, but so far 22 lecturers have participated in
   it.
   - *Former Minister of Education Rabbi Shai Piron*: during his term at
   the Ministry of Education, Rabbi Piron opened the door to WMIL and our
   extensive activity in the education system. The announcement of an official
   collaboration between a Ministry of education and Wikimedia was the first
   of its kind, anywhere in the world. Due to Piron’s recognition of the
   importance of integrating Wikipedia in the education system, 1,200 K-12
   teachers have received training on Wikipedia editing basics. Furthermore,
   supported by Piron, the high school program where students write Wikipedia
   articles has expanded. The program is still active and forms a central part
   of our activity.
   - *Oren Helman, former director of the Government Press Office*: as
   director of the GPO, Helman assisted in promoting an amendment to copyright
   law, by which state photographs were released to free, non-commercial use,
   thereby exempting the public from paying for usage of GPO photos. Helman’s
   work to release state materials is unique in Israel. Together with former
   ministers Michael Eitan and Meir Sheetrit, Mr. Helman heralded a change in
   the state of Israel’s attitude toward open content.

In ten years, with the support of those and many others who believe in
Wikimedia’s vision, we were able to accomplish a lot together.

Through the Wikipedia Education Program in the past few years, students in
high-schools and academic institutions have written more than 1,500
Wikipedia articles. Several thousand students learned the basics of editing
Wikipedia and nearly 1,200 teachers have received training on using
Wikipedia as a teaching tool. The success of Wikipedia Education Program in
Israel expanded to Arab-speaking schools in Israel by the end of 2016.

Following a three-year campaign, in which Wikimedia Israel was calling for
an amendment to copyright laws, the government of Israel made a
precedent-setting decision to release all the photographs on government
websites under Creative Commons licenses. The law amendment was nicknamed
the ‘Wikipedia law’.

In 2011, we hosted the seventh Wikimania in Haifa, where more than 700 of
the movement enthusiasts from 56 countries attended. Last year, the
International Wikimedia Hackathon was held in Jerusalem, with 130
developers from 17 countries participating. Hosting two international
events like Wikimania and the Wikimedia hackathon was a big success for the
movement in Israel and we are glad the we helped this success to come true.

In Wikimedia Israel, we look forward to further success in promoting open
knowledge in Israel.

You can read & share the blog post:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/09/08/digest-israel-macedonia/



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [WM-Chairpersons] Strategy update - Wikimania schedule, draft direction, brand awareness research, salons and events (#23)

2017-08-06 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Thank you Katherine for the opportunity and the support for hosting a salon
event in Israel.
I must admit it was a great and interesting meeting and also a unique
opportunity to hear from our users and our supporters about their vision
and hopes for Wikipedia.
Wikimedia Israel had the honor to take part in the strategic process and we
are looking forward to hear more about the outcomes in Wikimania.

Itzik



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On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 9:28 PM, Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> Greetings —
>
> Before I get to sharing the latest updates, I want thank each of you again
> for your participation in the strategy process. You have helped us to shape
> a draft direction that we hope truly reflects the needs of every community
> in our movement. No matter where you plan to be in the world between August
> 9 and 13, I invite you to join us at Wikimania 2017 in person, by remote
> attendance, and by using the #wikimania hashtag on social media.[1]
>
> *Our Wikimania schedule*.[2] We will discuss the many insights we have
> gathered through the movement strategy process, share and discuss the draft
> direction, and work to further understand the future of the movement.
> Please visit this page to see updates on the strategy session schedule.
>
> *The working draft for the strategic direction*.[3] A draft of the
> strategic direction for the movement is beginning to emerge on Meta. Like
> many of you, we are eager to discuss the draft, so we have been drafting in
> public as we go. The language is very early, so if you have feedback,
> please focus on the substance! I plan to share a more detailed update about
> the direction over the next few days.
>
> *Wikipedia brand awareness, attitudes, and usage research.*[4] What do
> people know about Wikipedia as a brand? We commissioned surveys in seven
> countries to help inform the future of the movement, and shared a summary
> of highlights at the most recent Metrics meeting.[5]
>
> *Salons in New York, Washington DC, and Israel.*[6] [7] [8]  We are
> continuing to host discussions with experts and community members around
> the world about the needs and goals of the movement. We invite you to read
> and discuss materials from our latest events.
>
> *Global Voices meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia.*[9] In collaboration
> between the Bolivian Wikimedia working group and Global Voices, 30
> representatives from different indigenous communities gathered to review
> the inclusion of indigenous languages and traditions in our projects.
>
> Bien cordialement (French translation: best regards)
>
> And à bientôt for those who will be at Wikimania!
>
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/07/19/wikimania-montreal-announcement/
>
> [2] https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_2030
> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Direction
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Sources/Brand_awareness,_attitudes,_and_
> usage_research_(July_2017)
> [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> metrics_and_activities_meetings/2017-07
> [6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Sources/New_York_City,_NY_strategy_salon_
> with_media_experts_-_June_20,_2017
> [7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Sources/Washington,_DC,_strategy_
> salon_with_US_policy_experts_and_leaders_-_June_22,_2017
> [8] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_
> movement/2017/Sources/Wikimedia_Israel_Salon_Strategy_Dinner_-_July_17,_
> 2017
> [9] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:2017_Wikimedia_
> movement_strategy_-_Wikimedia_Bolivia-Rising_Voices_expert_meeting
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looks familiar?

2017-07-21 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Ammm.. Anyone know where I can buy such a globe? ;)


- Sent from mobile

On Jul 18, 2017 16:28, "Trey Jones"  wrote:

Searching google images for *jigsaw globe* or *jigsaw sphere *gives many
similar images. I don't think Wikipedia owns the rights to the idea of a
sphere made of jigsaw pieces.

The particular image on the cover of that book is derived from a stock
photo:

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/jigsaw-globe-
puzzle-on-white-47983681

So, familiar? Yes. Concern? I don't think so.

—Trey

Trey Jones
Software Engineer, Discovery
Wikimedia Foundation

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 3:37 AM, Gordon Joly  wrote:

>
>
> https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0119PZ7F2/
>
> This image looks very much like the Wikimedia graphic?
>
> Gordo
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[Wikimedia-l] It's your last chance to really influence the Wikimedia movement.

2017-05-27 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Now that I managed to catch your attention… I want to remind you that
tomorrow will be the last day to apply for the FDC.

Unfortunately, I decided not to run for another term, because of the heavy
workload in my workplace and my roles in Wikimedia Israel
But I want to tell you a bit about my last two years in. I'm part of this
great movement for more than a decade: I took part in many project,
committees and I serve as chairperson and spokesperson.

I was part of the FDC process for 2 years as a grantee. I didn't always
like the FDCs recommendations, but I have always appreciated the mission
and the importance of this committee. I only learned how much the work this
committee do is so important once I had joined.

If you really care for this movement, and you really want to influence –
the FDC is the right place for you.

Don't get me wrong. It's not an easy task. Not at all. Maybe beside of the
WMF's board, this is the most time-consuming role. 5 days' deliberations in
S.F in November, 3 days' deliberations in Warsaw in May. And you have to
read endless reports and proposals before each deliberation (I counted 319
pages before the November's deliberations).

But – this big but – you really have power to change. Your voice is matter.

I was so lucky to sit in one room with so many talented volunteers and
FDC's staff. To really discuss with them about the impact of each
organization within the movement. To evaluate programs, sometime to
recommend to expend some of them, sometimes to recommend stop them. To ask
tough questions – about what the ROI of each thing that we do. And where we
want to see the Wikimedia's organizations, which have such an important
role within this movement.

Just a few weeks ago, during my last FDC's deliberation, I wrote to my
colleagues an email about one of our decisions. I wrote them and mentioned
the main reason why I joined the committee, and It's because I see a great
importance of the committee to "protect" the donor's money. Millions of
donors every year put their trust in our movement when they donate their
money to the Wikimedia movement.

And for me, the FDC is the part of the movement which is in charge to
oversee this donations and to take care that every dollar is been spend
properly. "for me each dollar worth like a million dollar, and as such, we
have to justify every spending we approve".

Each one of the committee members may express his responsibility and reason
to be part of it differently, but this is how I see it.

If you join the FDC you will work hard, but trust me, you will learn a lot,
and you will take part in the most interesting discussions and decision
making process this movement have to offer.

And in a personal note, this is my goodbye from my role within this
committee. It's was an amazing two years. I can't put into words the amount
of appreciation I have for this amazing team. Each one of them is truly
devoted for the movement. They are not so famous as the WMF's board
members, you will not see many of them in Wikimania and others
international conferences, as they do their amazing work behind closed
doors.

I'll miss all of them. And I hope I'll have the opportunity to join them
back in the future.

Itzik


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[Wikimedia-l] WMIL General Assembly meeting and Board elections 2017

2017-05-09 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Dear all,

Yesterday (8.5.17) Wikimedia Israel (WMIL) held a general assembly meeting,
during which the members held the elections for members of the Board of
WMIL.

The results of the elections are as follows:

Itzik Edri,(reelected)
Deror Lin, (reelected)
Ido Ivri, (reelected)
Hana Yariv (reelected)
Dana Dekel (reelected)

Audit committee: Oved Cohen (reelected).

The new Board then proceeded to reelect Itzik Edri as the chairperson, and
to elect Ido Ivri as the Board Secretary


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [PRESS] Turkish authorities block Wikipedia

2017-04-29 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Basak commented on Facebook: "In the news, it says that, Wikipedia supports
global terrorism. The Turkish officials has been corresponding with
wikipedia (?)  but there is no answer. The site (most probably they mean
English one)  includes content that supports ISIS ."

http://mobil.hurriyet.com.tr/son-dakika-haberi-wikipediaya-erisim-engellendi-40441904


- Sent from mobile

On Apr 29, 2017 11:55, "Mardetanha" <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com> wrote:

> hopefully it would be technical mistake and will be lifted very soon.
>
> Mardetanha
>
> On Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 1:13 PM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:
>
> > Hey,
> >
> > FYI -  sad news from Turkish.
> >
> >
> >
> > *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> > Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> > +972-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
> > Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> > sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
> >
> >
> > -- Forwarded message --
> > From: Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <it...@wikimedia.org.il>
> > Date: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 11:42 AM
> > Subject: [PRESS] Turkish authorities block Wikipedia
> > To: Communications Committee <wmfc...@lists.wikimedia.org>
> >
> >
> > http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39754909
> >
> > Reuters just published that a 15 minutes ago, so it will be soon all over
> > the news.
> >
> >
> > ---
> >
> > *Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online
> > encyclopaedia Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular websites.*
> >
> > It was not initially clear why the ban had been imposed.
> > The Turkey Blocks group said the site was inaccessible from 08:00 (05:00
> > GMT) by order of the Turkish authorities.
> > People in the capital Istanbul were unable to access any Wikipedia pages
> > without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
> > "After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr.
> > 5651, an administrative measure has been taken for this website,"
> Turkey's
> > Information and Communication Technologies Authority was quoted as
> saying.
> > No reason was given.
> > Turkey Blocks and Turkish media, including the Hurriyet Daily News, said
> > the provisional order would need to be backed by a full court ruling in
> the
> > next few days.
> >
> > Social media was in uproar as news of the ban emerged, with some users
> > speculating that it might be a bid to suppress criticism on President
> Recep
> > Tayyip Erdogan's Wikipedia page.
> > Mr Erdogan narrowly won a controversial 16 April referendum on increasing
> > his powers, but the issue has deeply divided the country.
> > Turkey has temporarily blocked popular social media sites including
> > Facebook and Twitter in the past, especially in the wake of mass protests
> > or terror attacks.
> > The government has previously denied censoring the internet, blaming
> > outages on spikes in usage after major events.
> >
> >
> >
> > *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> > Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [PRESS] Turkish authorities block Wikipedia

2017-04-29 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey,

FYI -  sad news from Turkish.



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-- Forwarded message --
From: Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <it...@wikimedia.org.il>
Date: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 11:42 AM
Subject: [PRESS] Turkish authorities block Wikipedia
To: Communications Committee <wmfc...@lists.wikimedia.org>


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39754909

Reuters just published that a 15 minutes ago, so it will be soon all over
the news.


---

*Turkey has blocked all access inside the country to the online
encyclopaedia Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular websites.*

It was not initially clear why the ban had been imposed.
The Turkey Blocks group said the site was inaccessible from 08:00 (05:00
GMT) by order of the Turkish authorities.
People in the capital Istanbul were unable to access any Wikipedia pages
without using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
"After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr.
5651, an administrative measure has been taken for this website," Turkey's
Information and Communication Technologies Authority was quoted as saying.
No reason was given.
Turkey Blocks and Turkish media, including the Hurriyet Daily News, said
the provisional order would need to be backed by a full court ruling in the
next few days.

Social media was in uproar as news of the ban emerged, with some users
speculating that it might be a bid to suppress criticism on President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan's Wikipedia page.
Mr Erdogan narrowly won a controversial 16 April referendum on increasing
his powers, but the issue has deeply divided the country.
Turkey has temporarily blocked popular social media sites including
Facebook and Twitter in the past, especially in the wake of mass protests
or terror attacks.
The government has previously denied censoring the internet, blaming
outages on spikes in usage after major events.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Chapter De-Recognition: Wikimedia Philippines

2017-04-23 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Thank you Maor for the update.

We usually love to see our movement expend and welcome recognition of new
organizations, but I strongly believe that we continuously need to check
and evaluate our current organizations.

Our brand, name and reputation are part of our core assets - and while it's
not an easy step, I appreciate Affcom efforts not only to recognize new
ones but also to de-recognize organizations that are not longer active or
non-compliance with our movement requirements.

Few weeks ago in Berlin we had a first meeting to start discuses what is a
"movement accountability" and how we evaluate organizations who operate
outside of the FDC process and I believe Affcom have a significant part in
it.






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On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 9:49 PM, Maor Malul  wrote:

> *
>
> Dear all,
>
> *
>
> **
>
> *Recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate - a chapter, thematic organization,
> or user group - allows an independent group to officially use the Wikimedia
> name to further the Wikimedia mission, with certain duties and
> responsibilities.  While most Wikimedia affiliates adhere to the basic
> compliance standards set forth in their agreements with the Wikimedia
> Foundation, a protocol has been developed to address the exceptional cases
> when a Wikimedia affiliate does not meet minimum compliance standards and
> their continued recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate presents a risk to the
> Wikimedia movement.*
>
> *
>
> On September 9, 2016, Wikimedia Philippines was notified of their
> suspension as a Wikimedia affiliate due to long standing and serious
> governance issues, as well as non-compliance with reporting requirements
> which go as back as 2014, has been sent multiple warnings regarding them,
> and on the date mentioned above,  was provided with an explicit list of
> tasks and deadlines in order to return to compliance with their chapter
> agreement. The chapter failed to complete these tasks by the deadline of
> November 28, 2016, and was consequently notified that they would no longer
> be recognized as a Wikimedia chapter after the termination of their Chapter
> Agreement on March 1, 2017.  It is important to make clear that the
> Affiliations Committee will continue to support other organized Wikimedia
> communities and their activities in the Philippines.
>
> If you have questions about what this means for the community members in
> their region or language areas, we have put together a very basic FAQ,
> which may be found at wiki/Wikimedia_movement_affiliate_de-recognition_FAQ>https:/
> /meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement_affiliates/
> Affiliate_derecognition_FAQ.*
>
>
> --
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> Maor Malul
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[Wikimedia-l] Are you a chairperson of a Wikimedia chapter?

2017-04-13 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey,

Just a reminder - shortly before Wikimania 2014 we created the
chairpersons' group in order to create a place for them to communicate with
each other, to consult and share.

If you are a chairperson of a recognized Wikimedia chapter (
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_chapters), you are probably
already subscribed to our mailing list.
But if you are not - please send me an email off-list so I can add you.

Thank you,



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Congratulation, Hebrew Wikipedia

2016-12-29 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Not exactly, there is an article about Pudú, but on 18 Wikipedias there is
also an article about Southern Pudu ;-)




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On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 5:23 PM, Andy Mabbett <a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
wrote:

> On 29 December 2016 at 15:10, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
> <it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:
>
> > I'm happy to share with you that this morning the 200,000th article has
> > been written on the Hebrew Wikipedia - The Southern Pudu (there is not
> > article about him in English!)
>
> Congratualtions!
>
> But, to be fair, the English Wikipedia has this:
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pudú
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Congratulation, Hebrew Wikipedia

2016-12-29 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi,

I'm happy to share with you that this morning the 200,000th article has
been written on the Hebrew Wikipedia - The Southern Pudu (there is not
article about him in English!):
https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A4%D7%95%D7%93%D7%95_%D7%93%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%99

Yesterday we released to the press a list of the top 20 most viewed
articles on HEWP during the last year. Most of the news outlets in Israel
published the list, but alongside the list, we added also some statistics:
An average of 45 articles are written on by 760 active editors and 150 very
active editors. The number of very active editors increased by 20% compare
to last year [1] - while number globally increased only by 0.11% [2] and 0%
on ENWP [3] .

We are really proud of the Hebrew community and Wikimedia Israel volunteers
who run and support great projects and initiatives, alongside the community
members, to consistently increase the number of editors and their activity.
This achievement is thanks to their efforts!.


Happy near year from Israel!


Some of the coverage about the most viewed articles on HEWP:

   - http://net.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1225240
   -
   http://www.mako.co.il/news-money/tech-q4_2016/Article-c3f561fba944951004.htm
   -
   
http://reshet.tv/item/news/economics/computers-science-technology/wikipedia-most-read-2016-79561/
   - http://hakolkalul.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1225272 (minute
   21:15)
   -
   
http://www.mako.co.il/news-channel2/first-edition-q4_2016/Article-c7cea84f8464951004.htm?sCh=e3be6603e7478110=25483675
   (minute 38:39)
   - http://www.calcalist.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3704729,00.html
   - http://www.ch10.co.il/news/335964/#.WGUkkht97mE
   - http://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/439575
   - http://mizbala.com/news/117472
   - http://www.maariv.co.il/news/israel/Article-568404
   - http://www.kipa.co.il/tarbut/70410.html
   - http://www.kipa.co.il/tarbut/70410.html
   - http://www.pc.co.il/it-news/231238/
   - http://www.ice.co.il/media/news/article/460324
   - http://tech.walla.co.il/item/3026625
   - http://www.hidabroot.org/article/215941

[1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/SummaryHE.htm
[2] http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/#secondary-graphs-tab
[3] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/SummaryEN.htm



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMDE update after the General Assembly

2016-11-30 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Congratulations to the re-elected and warm welcome to Johanna.

Tim, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like WEDE reduced the size of
the advisory board. Can you explain why?



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On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM, Tim Moritz Hector <
tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
>
> Over the weekend, Wikimedia Deutschland held its General Assembly and
> elections for the supervisory board as well as for the auditors.
>
> The newly elected board consists of seven members:
>
> * Tim Moritz Hector (Chair, re-elected)
> * Sebastian Moleski (Treasurer, re-elected)
> * Sabria David (re-elected)
> * Kurt Jansson (re-elected)
> * Lukas Mezger (re-elected)
> * Harald Krichel (re-elected)
> * Johanna Niesyto
>
> The board has met for its first meeting on Sunday and elected Sabria David
> and Kurt Jansson as Deputy Chair.
>
> Johanna is new to the board, so please join me in welcoming her to the
> board of WMDE. I would also like to thank our former board members Nikolas
> Becker, Jürgen Friedrich and Catrin Schoneville wholeheartedly for the
> great work and their commitment to Wikimedia Deutschland in the past years.
>
> Lena Stammler and Daniel Baur (re-elected) are our two recently-elected
> auditors, and I am extending my congratulations to them.
>
> At the GA, the board furthermore presented the final report on the
> WMDE-Governance-Review and how we handled the recommendations of the
> report. Moreover, the members approved the annual plan for 2017.
>
> The board will meet in January to discuss the goals for our term in the
> next two years and I am very much looking forward to working together with
> this team.
>
> Best regards,
> Tim Moritz Hector
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] New partnership and expansion of Wikimedia Israel's Education initiative - WikiCampus

2016-10-11 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Dear friends,


On behalf of Wikimedia Israel, I'm pleased to announce a new partnership
and expansion of our Education initiative - WikiCampus.


WikiCampus it is a new initiative by Wikimedia Israel and the
Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC) [1]. As part of the
collaboration, during the upcoming academic year, dozens of courses (and a
total of hundreds of students) will take part in the Wikipedia assignment
program.


Until now, we ran many Wikipedia assignment collaborations directly with
teachers in universities and colleges in Israel. For the first time, this
pilot will be lead directly by the Rector’s office, and teachers will be
encouraged to integrate article writing assignments into academic writing
assignments.


In 2015, some 150 articles were written or expanded by students (not
counting programs with high schools). In the first half of 2016, students
added 583 articles to Hebrew Wikipedia - more than a 300% increase (!) and
we hope to see another major increase in the upcoming year thanks to
WikiCampus.



This is the first time that an academic institution is embracing this
program with great motivation and enthusiasm. We hope that this
collaboration will be a model for other chapters and academic institutions
to adopt.



Many thanks to Prof. Karine Nahon [2], WMIL's board member and an associate
professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the
IDC for her help with initiating this collaboration!

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interdisciplinary_Center_Herzliya
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karine_Nahon



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ray Saintonge has died

2016-09-13 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Sad news :(



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On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM, Milos Rancic  wrote:

> He died yesterday. As he was an important member of our community, I
> think we should make something appropriate so he would be remembered.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC appointments

2016-09-02 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Welcome friends! I'm so exited and happy that you join our committee!

Can't wait to our first FDC deliberation together in a few months.


- Sent from mobile

On Sep 2, 2016 19:55, "Dariusz Jemielniak"  wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> We are pleased to inform you that the WMF Board of Trustees has come to a
> decision about which four candidates to appoint to the FDC for the next 2
> years. It wasn't easy, as the caliber of candidates[*] was extremely high,
> and their range of skills and expertise extremely impressive.
>
> The resolution is now published in
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Funds_
> Dissemination_Committee_Membership_2016
>
> We have selected four appointees as follows:
>
> 1) Garfield Byrd (User:Gtbiv)
> 2) Anne Clin (User:Risker)
> 3) Bishakha Datta (User:Bishdatta)
> 4) Candelaria Laspeñas (User:Cande_laspe)
>
> On behalf of the Board, we want to thank Dumisani, Matanya and Osmar for
> their service to the FDC. We deeply appreciate the years they have served
> the committee and all the work they have done during many rounds of FDC
> recommendations. Their insights, perspectives and experiences have been
> invaluable to the work of the committee, and have gone a long way in
> shaping the development of the APG process into a successful and important
> part of grant-making in the Wikimedia world.
>
> We hope they will continue to remain engaged in the movement in different
> ways in the years ahead.
>
> We also want to thank all the candidates that participated in this round of
> nominations, and encourage them to consider re-applying for the committee
> next year, when new members will be elected to serve on the committee.
>
> Best,
>
> Dariusz & Guy
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] פעילות ויקימדיה ישראל בחברה הערבית

2016-08-15 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Oops, sorry. I meant to send it to Wikimedia Israel's mailing list.

Please ignore it :)

- Sent from mobile

On Aug 15, 2016 23:29, "Itzik - Wikimedia Israel" <it...@wikimedia.org.il>
wrote:

> חברים יקרים,
>
> מקווה שכולכם שמתם לב לסעיף בעדכון הדו שבועי - ואם לא, בשביל זה האימייל הזה.
>
> החודש קיבלה ויקימדיה ישראל מענק של כ-300,000 ש"ח מקרן פילנטרופית לתקופה של
> שנה וחצי לטובת הרחבת פעילות החינוך שלנו לעבודה עם תלמידים דוברי ערבית,
> לכתיבת ערכים בוויקיפדיה בערבית.
> המענק מגיע לאחר פיילוט שנערך בשנה האחרונה עם תלמידים ומורים בבתי ספר באום
> אל פחם ובחורה וכחלק מהכוונה של העמותה להרחיב את היקף הפעילות בחברה הערבית
> בישראל.
>
> במסגרת הפרויקט, יורחב צוות העמותה ויגוייס\תגוייס רכז\ת חינוך לפעילות
> בערבית. המשרה כבר פורסמה - ואם אתם מכירים אנשים שמתאימים לתפקיד, זה הזמן
> להעביר להם את הלינק :)
> http://www.wikimedia.org.il/%D7%9C%D7%94%D7%A6%D7%98%D7%A8%
> D7%A4%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%95%D7%AA%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%94/%
> D7%93%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%91%D7%A2%D7%9E%D7%
> 95%D7%AA%D7%94-3/
>
> עוד במסגרת הפרויקט - העמותה תמשיך לכתוב ולהפיק חומרים בערבית לצורך
> הפעילות, ייערכו סדנאות להכשרת מורים, יורחב משמעותית היקף הפעילות בבתי הספר
> שישתתפו בפרויקט ופעילויות נוספות.
>
> פה התודה לצוות העמותה ודרור קמיר, על הפעילות המבורכת והמוצלחת כיום שהובילה
> (בהצלחה נוספת) לקבלת המענק (ועל כך התודה גם לעידו עברי על הקשר והסיוע).
>
> הפעילות הזו מצטרפת להחלטה של הוועד המנהל לפני מספר חודשים לבחון הוספת חבר
> ועד חיצוני נוסף (נוסף על ה-2 כיום, שיזף וקרין) עם דגש שיושם על הפעילות שלו
> בחברה הערבית, זאת בכדי להרחיב את המקצועיות והקשרים של הוועד והצוות ולאפשר
> לנו לפעול בצורה נכונה ומיטיבית. עידו, כמזכיר הוועד לצד מיכל יגבשו המלצות
> למועמדים רלוונטיים ולאחר דיון בוועד, תובא ההמלצה באופן רשמי לחברי העמותה
> לאישור, כנדרש בתקנון.
>
> נעלה ונצליח.
>
> *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> +972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
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> sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] פעילות ויקימדיה ישראל בחברה הערבית

2016-08-15 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
חברים יקרים,

מקווה שכולכם שמתם לב לסעיף בעדכון הדו שבועי - ואם לא, בשביל זה האימייל הזה.

החודש קיבלה ויקימדיה ישראל מענק של כ-300,000 ש"ח מקרן פילנטרופית לתקופה של
שנה וחצי לטובת הרחבת פעילות החינוך שלנו לעבודה עם תלמידים דוברי ערבית,
לכתיבת ערכים בוויקיפדיה בערבית.
המענק מגיע לאחר פיילוט שנערך בשנה האחרונה עם תלמידים ומורים בבתי ספר באום
אל פחם ובחורה וכחלק מהכוונה של העמותה להרחיב את היקף הפעילות בחברה הערבית
בישראל.

במסגרת הפרויקט, יורחב צוות העמותה ויגוייס\תגוייס רכז\ת חינוך לפעילות
בערבית. המשרה כבר פורסמה - ואם אתם מכירים אנשים שמתאימים לתפקיד, זה הזמן
להעביר להם את הלינק :)
http://www.wikimedia.org.il/%D7%9C%D7%94%D7%A6%D7%98%D7%A8%D7%A4%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%95%D7%AA%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%94/%D7%93%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A9%D7%99%D7%9D-%D7%91%D7%A2%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%AA%D7%94-3/

עוד במסגרת הפרויקט - העמותה תמשיך לכתוב ולהפיק חומרים בערבית לצורך הפעילות,
ייערכו סדנאות להכשרת מורים, יורחב משמעותית היקף הפעילות בבתי הספר שישתתפו
בפרויקט ופעילויות נוספות.

פה התודה לצוות העמותה ודרור קמיר, על הפעילות המבורכת והמוצלחת כיום שהובילה
(בהצלחה נוספת) לקבלת המענק (ועל כך התודה גם לעידו עברי על הקשר והסיוע).

הפעילות הזו מצטרפת להחלטה של הוועד המנהל לפני מספר חודשים לבחון הוספת חבר
ועד חיצוני נוסף (נוסף על ה-2 כיום, שיזף וקרין) עם דגש שיושם על הפעילות שלו
בחברה הערבית, זאת בכדי להרחיב את המקצועיות והקשרים של הוועד והצוות ולאפשר
לנו לפעול בצורה נכונה ומיטיבית. עידו, כמזכיר הוועד לצד מיכל יגבשו המלצות
למועמדים רלוונטיים ולאחר דיון בוועד, תובא ההמלצה באופן רשמי לחברי העמותה
לאישור, כנדרש בתקנון.

נעלה ונצליח.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-14 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Geoff, thank you for your great service!

At least I know we will may continue to work together as in my work I work
a lot with YouTube's teams :)

Good luck to you, to Michelle and Stephen.





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On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 12:25 AM, Geoff Brigham 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Over the past five years, I’ve been honored to serve as the General Counsel
> and Secretary of the Wikimedia Foundation. This job has been amazing, and
> I’m grateful to everyone who has made it so rewarding. It's now time for my
> next step, so, in the coming days, I will be leaving the Foundation to
> pursue a new career opportunity.
>
> I depart with such love for the mission, the Foundation, the Wikimedia
> communities, and my colleagues at work. I thank my past and present bosses
> as well as the Board for their support and guidance. I stand in awe of the
> volunteer writers, editors, and photographers who contribute every day to
> the Wikimedia projects. And I will hold special to my heart my past and
> current teams, including legal and community advocacy. :) You have taught,
> given, and enriched me so much.
>
> After my departure, Michelle Paulson will serve as interim head of Legal,
> and, subject to Board approval, Stephen LaPorte will serve as interim
> Secretary to the Board. I can happily report that they have the experience
> and expertise to ensure a smooth and professional transition.
>
> The future of the Foundation under Katherine's leadership is exciting.
> Having had the pleasure of working for her, I know Katherine will take the
> Foundation to its next level in promoting and defending the outstanding
> mission and values of the Wikimedia movement. Although I'm delighted about
> my next opportunity, I will miss this new chapter in the Foundation's
> story.
>
> My last day at the Foundation will be July 18th. After that, I will take a
> month off to recharge my batteries, and then I start my new gig at YouTube
> in the Bay Area. There, I will serve as Director of YouTube Trust & Safety,
> managing global teams for policy, legal, and anti-abuse operations. As with
> Wikimedia, I look forward to learning from those teams and tackling
> together a new set of exciting, novel challenges.
>
> For those who want to stay in touch, please do! My personal email is:
> geoffrey.r.brig...@gmail.com.
>
> With respect, admiration, and gratitude,
>
> Geoff
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[Wikimedia-l] Nominations for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)

2016-07-11 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi,

It's a pleasure to see so many excellent candidates who want to join this
year to the FDC:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Nominations/2016

The deadline for self nomination passed yesterday, and now it's the time
for the community to question the candidates (the timeline for public
question and answer is until July 17):
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Nominations/2016/Q%26A



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Israel and the Israeli News Company bring new video content to the Wikimedia projects

2016-07-07 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Yes, we confirm with them that the uses of the music in the videos means it
free as well.



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On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 1:39 PM, Lodewijk <lodew...@effeietsanders.org>
wrote:

> Hey Itzik,
>
> very nice, thanks for sharing!
>
> Can you confirm that the music used is also free? It is so generally
> appliccable, that the raw music files might also be useful to upload as
> such.
>
> Best,
> Lodewijk
>
> 2016-07-07 9:53 GMT+02:00 Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <it...@wikimedia.org.il
> >:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > We happy announce a new partnership with the Israeli News Company, which
> > produces the primetime news program on Israel’s Channel 2. For the past
> 23
> > years, Channel 2 News has covered the history of Israel and the Middle
> > East, as well as events around the world.
> >
> > The partnership is aiming to introduce a hundred new video files
> > <
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimedia_Israel_-_Channel_2_videos
> > >
> >  on current affairs to be added, remixed, and shared on the Wikimedia
> > projects. Videos cover footage from important historical events like the
> > Oslo
> > Accords
> > <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel2_-_Oslo_Accords.webm>,
> > the Israel–Jordan
> > peace treaty
> > <
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel_2_-_Israel%E2%80%93Jordan_peace_treaty.webm
> > >
> > ,Jerusalem and the Western Wall
> > <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel_2_-_Jerusalem.webm>,
> the
> > Dead
> > Sea <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel2_-_Dead_Sea.webm>
> and
> > even videos of Japan
> > <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel_2_-_Japan.webm>and
> India
> > <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel_2_-_India.webm>,
> footage
> > of Israeli leaders such as Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu
> > <
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel_2_-_Benjamin_Netanyahu.webm
> > >
> > , President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin
> > <
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel_2_-_Reuven_(Ruvi)_Rivlin.webm
> > >,
> > former *President *Shimon Peres
> > <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Channel2_-_Shimon_Peres.webm>
> and
> > more
> >
> > You can read more about it on the Wikimedia blog:
> > https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/07/06/israel-video-wikimedia/
> > Our volunteers already started to embed this video on Wikipedia articles
> in
> > many languages. You are welcome to help in your language!. See project
> page
> > on HEWP for more information:
> >
> >
> https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%93%D7%99%D7%94:%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%93%D7%99%D7%94_%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%90%D7%9C/%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%96%D7%9D_%D7%95%D7%99%D7%93%D7%90%D7%95_%D7%97%D7%93%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%AA_2
> >
> > You are welcome to visit the project page on Commons to see what video
> > files are available and request other videos!
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Channel_2_(Israel)_project
> >
> >
> > *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> > Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Israel and the Israeli News Company bring new video content to the Wikimedia projects

2016-07-07 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi,

We happy announce a new partnership with the Israeli News Company, which
produces the primetime news program on Israel’s Channel 2. For the past 23
years, Channel 2 News has covered the history of Israel and the Middle
East, as well as events around the world.

The partnership is aiming to introduce a hundred new video files

 on current affairs to be added, remixed, and shared on the Wikimedia
projects. Videos cover footage from important historical events like the Oslo
Accords
,
the Israel–Jordan
peace treaty

,Jerusalem and the Western Wall
, the Dead
Sea  and
even videos of Japan
and India
, footage
of Israeli leaders such as Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu

, President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin
,
former *President *Shimon Peres
 and
more

You can read more about it on the Wikimedia blog:
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/07/06/israel-video-wikimedia/
Our volunteers already started to embed this video on Wikipedia articles in
many languages. You are welcome to help in your language!. See project page
on HEWP for more information:
https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%93%D7%99%D7%94:%D7%95%D7%99%D7%A7%D7%99%D7%9E%D7%93%D7%99%D7%94_%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%90%D7%9C/%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%96%D7%9D_%D7%95%D7%99%D7%93%D7%90%D7%95_%D7%97%D7%93%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%AA_2

You are welcome to visit the project page on Commons to see what video
files are available and request other videos!
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Channel_2_(Israel)_project


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC Recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 2

2016-05-16 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Thank you Anders and Dariusz for the warm words.

The FDC invested a lot of time to write the recommendations, espcially in
regards to the WMF plan. Good to know that you've read the entire (long)
document :)


On Mon, May 16, 2016 at 9:44 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak 
wrote:

> Many thanks for the hard work. As I've been an observer to this round, and
> as a former chair of the FDC for six rounds, I can attest that you have
> done a very good job, discussing the details of all proposals.
>
> While people may disagree with your recommendations or opinions, the
> diligent approach and due care are, in my view, indisputable.
>
> Best,
>
> Dj
> 15.05.2016 7:30 PM "matanya moses"  napisał(a):
>
> > Hello Wikimedians,
> >
> > Twice a year, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) meets to help make
> > decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve the
> > Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy. For this round, we
> met
> > in person from May 13-15 to deliberate on five plans and proposals, which
> > were submitted by Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimedia Norge, Wikimedia France,
> the
> > Centre for Internet and Society, as well as the draft annual plan of the
> > Wikimedia Foundation. We would like to thank all the organizations this
> > round for submitting these proposals.
> >
> > We have posted our Round 2 2015-2016 recommendations on the annual plan
> > grants to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. [1] The Board will
> > review our deliberations and make a decision by July 1, 2016.
> >
> > This round, we received grant requests of roughly $1.25 million USD, and
> > we have recommended roughly $1.14 million in annual plan grants (though
> > grants are made in local currency). Before we met in May, we reviewed all
> > of the proposals and additional documents submitted. We were assisted in
> > this review with some input from the FDC staff assessments and analysis
> on
> > impact, finances, and programs, as well as community comments on the
> > proposals.
> >
> > There is a formal process to submit complaints or appeals about these
> > recommendations. Here are the steps for both:
> >
> > Any organization that would like to submit an appeal on the FDC’s Round 2
> > recommendation should submit it to the Board representatives to the FDC
> by
> > 23:59 UTC on 8 June 2016 in accordance with the appeal process outlined
> in
> > the FDC Framework. A formal appeal to challenge the FDC’s recommendation
> > should be in the form of a 500-or-fewer word summary directed to the two
> > non-voting WMF Board representative to the FDC, Dariusz Jemielniak. The
> > appeal should be submitted on-wiki, [4] and must be submitted by the
> Board
> > Chair of a funding-seeking applicant. The Board will publish its decision
> > on this and all recommendations by 1 July 2016.
> >
> > Complaints to the ombudsperson about the FDC process can be filed by
> > anyone with the Ombudsperson and can be made any time. The complaint
> should
> > be submitted on wiki, as well. The ombudsperson will publicly document
> the
> > complaint, and investigate as needed.
> >
> > On a side note, all FDC members are flying back to their home countries,
> > so we might be able to respond only in a day or two,
> >
> > On behalf of the FDC,
> >
> > Matanya [1]
> >
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round_2
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] election for 2 seats on WMF board of trustees ends May 7...

2016-05-03 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
I'm against publishing the chapters votes before the end of the elections.
More than that - I even offered before the election started that the
chapters votes will be confidential between them and be collected by
the moderators.

I believe that each chapter needs to vote as he think, not be looking on
others votes and decide by the way the wind's blowing. This is the way most
elections are done.

After the election, I don't have problem that the chapters votes will be
publish publicly.





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On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 3:03 PM, Lane Rasberry  wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I am unable to report which chapters voted. The voting process is closed.
> Right now I have to recommend encouraging all chapters to vote.
>
> The election rules are decided by chapters and chapters have said closed
> election. I do not think this was a well-discussed rule, but whatever the
> case, it cannot be changed by the community and needs to be changed by
> chapters. Community discussion could influence it. I think that it is a
> rule that could change. Asking chapters to have open voting could be
> another reason to contact chapters, or open voting might be a problem - I
> am not sure.
>
> Even if voting were not completely open, there could be other kinds of
> openness, like just a list of who voted. Right now, I cannot provide that.
> Any chapter can look at the list and see who voted and who did not.
>
> For the next election (in three years) I will propose a change. I want it
> to be easier for chapters to self-report their votes in a public way, if
> they choose to do so. Even if the election is closed, enough individual
> chapters seem to want to self-disclose.
>
> yours,
>
>
>
> On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 7:50 AM, Andrew Gray 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Lane,
> >
> > While I agree that it's good for people to encourage their
> > chapters/other organizations to vote, we would need to know whether
> > they've voted before doing this...
> >
> > As far as I can see, the voting is entirely done on chapterswiki -
> > which is fair enough, and it's reasonable to have this semi-private.
> > However, it means that the only people who can tell if a given chapter
> > has voted or not are people closely associated with the chapters, who
> > presumably already know whether they've voted or not.
> >
> > Would it be possible to have a public list of which organizations have
> > voted and which ones have yet to do so? I don't think this would
> > materially affect the confidentiality of the vote itself, and it might
> > help encourage some groups to actually vote.
> >
> > Andrew.
> >
> > On 3 May 2016 at 12:43, Lane Rasberry  wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > As of now, 13 of 42 eligible organizations have voted in the 2016
> > chapters'
> > > election for 2 of 10 Wikimedia Foundation seats on the board of
> trustees.
> > > In the last election, 1/3 of organizations did not vote. Anyone who
> > wishes
> > > to influence the election could do so by asking sleepier chapters to
> vote
> > > by the May 7 end of election.
> > >
> > > Feel free also to pressure more active chapters to do their duty to
> > support
> > > less organized chapters in voting. Support can mean having
> > > chapter-to-chapter encouragement to vote. All chapters appreciate being
> > > reminded. All eligible organizations are supposed to vote. The election
> > > result is more sound with more votes.
> > >
> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016
> > >
> > > yours,
> > >
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[Wikimedia-l] WMIL General Assembly meeting and Board elections

2016-05-01 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Dear all,

Today, 1.5.16, Wikimedia Israel (WMIL) held a general assembly meeting,
during which the members held the elections for members of the Board of
WMIL.

The results of the elections are as follows:

Itzik Edri,(reelected)
Deror Lin, (reelected)
Ido Ivri, (reelected)
Hana Yariv (reelected)
Dana Dekel

Audit committee: Oved Cohen (reelected).

The new Board then proceeded to reelect Itzik Edri to Chairperson, and to
elect Ido Ivri as Board Secretary.

In addition, the board will re-approach the two external board members,
Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli and Prof. Karine Nahon, and Adi Zamir to the audit
committee, to stay with the board for another year and keep providing their
excellent mentorship and advice.

We would like to take this opportunity and extend our many thanks to Yan
Nasonov, the departing Board Member, for his long and good service to WMIL
and its community.


Cheers,
Itzik
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Case for Federation: Should Parts of WMF Be Spun Off?

2016-03-19 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Yes Edward, I referred to the WikiEd foundation dashboard. I may gave them
another nickname by mistake;)



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On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 7:32 PM, Edward Galvez 
wrote:

> Hi Itzik - a question for you
>
> The Education Foundation is also a good example - I spoke a lot with the
> > WMF's education team about the great EDUFund's dashboard and how we can
> use
> > it around the world, not only in the US. It is a powerful tool that the
> WMF
> > is not even close or plans to offer to the education teams around the
> > world.
> > While the WMF is also not planning to develop one - why not to support
> the
> > EDUFund or another chapter in order to make it international?
> >
>
> What is EDUFund Dashboard? Are you referring to the WikiFoundation
> Dashboard
> ?
>
> Thanks,
> Edward
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Case for Federation: Should Parts of WMF Be Spun Off?

2016-03-19 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Erik,

Those are great ideas, and I'm think I can support most of them.

MediaWiki is indeed something we need to invest on much more. Or even
re-built it from scratch. It's the base to all our work and the future or
our projects. The idea of having an organization that this is 100% of his
mission makes sense. Also the idea of hosting MW for others - see WordPress
for exmaple. Even the WMF, a big organization with hundreds of developers
and tech guys pays to WP in order to host is own blog.

The Education Foundation is also a good example - I spoke a lot with the
WMF's education team about the great EDUFund's dashboard and how we can use
it around the world, not only in the US. It is a powerful tool that the WMF
is not even close or plans to offer to the education teams around the world.
While the WMF is also not planning to develop one - why not to support the
EDUFund or another chapter in order to make it international?
But why we need to go far with the ideas - WikiData is probably the
greatest example. But WMDE is not the only one organization that can do
things like that.

So yes, we most re-think how we de-centralize some of the
foundation\movement work.


Itzik



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On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 4:22 AM, Erik Moeller  wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> Now that the dust has settled a bit, I would like to expand on an idea
> that’s been touched on a few times (most recently, in an editorial by
> William Beutler [1]): the notion that WMF might be a more effective
> organization if it limited its own size in favor of focused spin-off
> organizations and affiliates.
>
> I was very much part of building the current WMF in terms of both size
> and structure, but I also think recent events underscore the fragility
> of the current model. WMF is still tiny compared with other tech
> companies that operate popular websites, but it’s a vast organization
> by Wikimedia movement standards. With nearly 300 staff [2] (beyond
> even our ambitious 2015 strategic plan staffing numbers), it dwarfs
> any other movement org.
>
> I can see three potential benefits from a more federated model:
>
> 1) Resilience. If any one organization experiences a crisis, other
> independent organizations suffer to a lesser degree than departments
> within that organization.
>
> 2) Focus. Wikimedia’s mission is very broad, and an organization with
> a clearly defined mandate is less likely to be pulled in many
> different directions -- at every level.
>
> 3) Accountability. Within a less centralized federation, it is easier
> to ensure that funding flows to those who do work the movement wants
> them to do.
>
> My experience is that growth tends to be self-reinforcing in budgetary
> processes if there are now clear ceilings established. I think that’s
> true in almost any organization. There’s always lots of work to do,
> and new teams will discover new gaps and areas into which they would
> like to expand. Hence, I would argue for the following:
>
> a) To establish 150 as the provisional ceiling for Wikimedia movement
> organizations. This is Dunbar’s number, and it has been used
> (sometimes intentionally, sometimes organically) as a limiting number
> for religious groups, military companies, corporate divisions, tax
> offices, and other human endeavors.  [3][4] This is very specifically
> because it makes organizational units more manageable and
> understandable for those who work there.
>
> b) To slowly, gradually identify parts of the WMF which would benefit
> from being spun off into independent organizations, and to launch such
> spin-offs, narrowing WMF's focus in the process.
>
> c) To aim to more clearly separate funding and evaluation
> responsibilities from programmatic work within the movement -- whether
> that work is keeping websites running, building software, or doing
> GLAM work.
>
> Note that I'm not proposing a quick splintering, but rather a slow and
> gradual process with lots of opportunity to course-correct.
>
> More on these points below.
>
> == Potential test case: MediaWiki Foundation ==
>
> A "MediaWiki Foundation" [5] has been proposed a few times and I
> suspect continues to have some currency within WMF. This org would not
> be focused on all WMF-related development work, but specifically on
> MediaWiki as software that has value to third parties. Its mission
> could include hosting services as earned income (and potentially as an
> extension of the Wikimedia movement’s mission).
>
> MediaWiki is used today by numerous nonprofit and educational projects
> that are aligned even with a narrow view on Wikimedia’s mission.
> Examples include Appropedia, OpenWetWare, WikiEducator, W3C’s
> WebPlatform, Hesperian Health Guides, and too many notable open source
> projects to list.
>
> 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliate-selected Board seats update

2016-03-11 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
I don't like the idea of others chapters influence others with their votes.
We have many candidates and a lot of politics behind.

WMIL will have their board meeting at the end of the month, but if the case
is that the votes are public, I'll advice my board to not publish his vote
until the last moment in order to have fair election, without any chapter
looking on the others and consider whatever to vote to each of the
candidates because of the number of votes they already have.

I'll truly advising others to do the same.

Itzik


- Sent from mobile
On Mar 11, 2016 12:05, "Chris Keating" <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Itzik,
>
> When the process was being discussed in the Autumn, there wasn't any
> consensus to change it to a fully secret ballot. So, as last time, votes
> will be cast on a wiki-table on the Chapters wiki.
>
> Regards,
>
> Chris
>
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 6:52 PM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:
>
> > Hi Chris,
> >
> > How and where the chapter will vote?
> > I offered to do it privately, in order to avoid current votes to
> influence
> > others chapters.
> >
> > Itzik
> >
> > - Sent from mobile
> > On Mar 10, 2016 15:35, "Chris Keating" <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > > The deadline for nominations in the Affiliate Selected Board Seats
> > process
> > > passed on Tuesday, and 10 candidates have been nominated:
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Nominations
> > >
> > > This is more candidates than any previous affiliate/chapter-selected
> > > process, and I am pleased to note that 4 of the candidates are women
> and
> > 5
> > > are from countries not in North American or Western Europe. All
> > candidates
> > > who have received one or more endorsements from voting organisations by
> > 23
> > > March will be added to the ballot for the election.
> > >
> > > While only Chapters and the single Thematic Organization have a vote in
> > > this election, all community members are invited to participate by
> asking
> > > questions to the candidates, here:
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Questions
> > >
> > > Help translating candidate statements into other languages is also much
> > > appreciated.
> > >
> > > (For more details about this process, please see here:
> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016 )
> > >
> > > Many thanks,
> > >
> > > Chris Keating
> > > (one of the election facilitators)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliate-selected Board seats update

2016-03-10 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Chris,

How and where the chapter will vote?
I offered to do it privately, in order to avoid current votes to influence
others chapters.

Itzik

- Sent from mobile
On Mar 10, 2016 15:35, "Chris Keating"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> The deadline for nominations in the Affiliate Selected Board Seats process
> passed on Tuesday, and 10 candidates have been nominated:
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Nominations
>
> This is more candidates than any previous affiliate/chapter-selected
> process, and I am pleased to note that 4 of the candidates are women and 5
> are from countries not in North American or Western Europe. All candidates
> who have received one or more endorsements from voting organisations by 23
> March will be added to the ballot for the election.
>
> While only Chapters and the single Thematic Organization have a vote in
> this election, all community members are invited to participate by asking
> questions to the candidates, here:
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Questions
>
> Help translating candidate statements into other languages is also much
> appreciated.
>
> (For more details about this process, please see here:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016 )
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Chris Keating
> (one of the election facilitators)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Reducing the net cost of Wikimania

2016-02-26 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 3:06 AM, Samuel Klein  wrote:

> Itzik, what were the equivalent budgets for Haifa?  From the post-mortem on
> Meta it looks like a $280K budget, and a $100K WMF grant. This included
> paying for the event coordinator, which is now budgeted separately. That
> was for the finest event one could hope for.
>

Yes, in Haifa we got $100K from the WMF (and $100K for scholarships handled
by the WMF). The total event costs were $270K. The majority of the budget
was raised by scholarships.


Ellie - "Project management from WMF" means you?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katy Love to direct WMF Resources team

2016-02-25 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
As behalf of the FDC, we demand Katy will continue to hold the FDC role in
additional to the new rule :))

Good luck Katy! indeed the right and greatest person to take this important
role!



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On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 1:02 AM, Maggie Dennis 
wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> I am delighted to announce that Katy Love has agreed to step into the role
> of Director of Resources in the Community Engagement department, picking up
> the baton so ably carried by Siko Bouterse before her. Katy has been with
> the Wikimedia Foundation since January 2013, beginning as the first program
> officer to work with the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). I’m grateful
> to her for moving into this role and am looking forward to collaborating
> with her closely in WMF’s Community Engagement department.
>
> We will be hiring her replacement to oversee the FDC/full annual plan
> grants program in the weeks ahead.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Maggie
>
> P.S. Their page! https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources
>
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> Director, Support and Safety
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you for our time together.

2016-02-25 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Lila,

I don't want to get into what or who is right. The things I had to say I
already said in private forums. The discussions here and in others places
were already to heated and too longs to add more words.

Before we are movement, we are people. with feelings, with soul. I can not
even imagine how it was to be in your position during the last few months.
Reading the thing people wrote, the blames, the personal attacks. Some
people had right and justified concerns to raise, but sadly, we are great
movement, with great achievements, but we do not always treat and speak to
people with the respect they are entitled to.

I know many people disagreed with your strategy and your decisions, but as
I had the privilege to knew your personally during the last 2 years, I know
each one of them were truly in the favor of the movement in your personal
point of view.

Thank you for all the works during the last two years. For being available
to speak personally with each one of us. I learned a lot for each meeting
or conversation with you.

Thank you Lila, and good luck whatever will the roads will take you.



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On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 8:51 PM, Pine W  wrote:

> Thank you, Lila.
>
> Pine
> On Feb 25, 2016 10:46, "Lila Tretikov"  wrote:
>
> > Dear fellow Wikimedians,
> >
> >
> >
> > It is with great respect that I have tendered, and the board has
> accepted,
> > my resignation as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation earlier
> > this week. I am both inspired by, and proud of, the many great things we
> > have all accomplished at the Foundation over the last two years, most
> > significantly reversing the loss of our editorial community. I would like
> > to thank our Board of Trustees
> >  and Advisors
> > , our Foundation
> > staff
> > , as well as
> > the many outstanding community members
> >  for their
> > support
> > and encouragement on this journey. I remain passionate about the value
> and
> > potential of open knowledge and Wikimedia to change the world. My last
> day
> > at the Foundation will be March 31, 2016.
> >
> > Wikimedia occupies a special place in the world. It is a cultural and
> > technological revolution. Change is necessary to keep it thriving. In
> > bringing me in as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation the
> > Board tasked me with making changes
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Lila_Tretikov%27s_statement_on_Why_we%27ve_changed
> > >
> > to serve the next generation and ensure our impact in the future. Driving
> > these changes has been challenging, and I have always appreciated the
> open
> > and honest discourse we have had along the way. However, I am moved by
> the
> > accomplishments we have achieved during this time:
> >
> >
> >-
> >
> >Strategically, we laid out our summary of the vision for united in
> >knowledge
> ><
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:WMF_Strategy_Preview,_WMF_Metrics_Meeting_June_2015.pdf=50
> > >
> >and future of Wikimedia last June.
> >-
> >
> >Operationally, we have reformed our procedures and initiated key
> > performance
> >metrics and reviews
> ><
> >
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/10/20/foundation-quarterly-report-july-september-2015/
> > >.
> >
> >-
> >
> >Technologically we have introduced innovative approaches such as
> machine
> >learning
> ><
> >
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/11/30/artificial-intelligence-x-ray-specs/>
> >and mobile
> >
> >applications, started improvements in search
> ><
> > http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/12/23/search-and-discovery-on-wikipedia/
> >,
> >grew translations
> ><
> > http://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/01/29/content-translation-5-articles/
> >
> >and dramatically improved website performance
> ><
> >
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/12/29/how-we-made-editing-wikipedia-twice-as-fast/
> > >.
> >In 2015, we made visual editor the default for all new users on
> English
> >Wikipedia.
> >-
> >
> >We united our community support departments and created a new
> community
> >tech team to address community needs
> ><
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Status_report_1
> > >.
> >
> >-
> >
> >Profoundly, for the first time in seven years, highly active editor
> >numbers have increased
> > and
> >overall editor 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Reducing the net cost of Wikimania

2016-02-10 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
If we want to talk about the cost of Wikimania it will be great if the WMF
and the local team will share the costs.

Until now Wikimania London didn't published anything:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2014/Budget

And also Mexico:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2015/Budget

Maybe I missed something, but it's strange that such discussion takes place
without a real budget breakdown. To summarize 2 huge event to "1$ million
USD" does not make sense.

Itzik



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On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 7:06 AM, Samuel Klein  wrote:

> I found this the most interesting part of the recent IdeaLab discussion
> about changing the Wikimania framework.
>   https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Towards_a_New_Wikimania
>
>   "*The total spend by WMF for Wikimania 2014 in London and 2015 in Mexico,
> including all travel, accommodations, scholarships, staff support and
> direct conference expenses, was ~$1 million USD*"
>
> This is a pity. Small grants to support a con is one thing, but this is too
> much.
>
> Please let's stop encouraging conferences that do not cover their own
> costs. A good conference series pays for itself, including its scholarship
> pool. There are plenty of communities our size or larger with wonderful,
> regular conferences of hundreds or thousands of people, which break even or
> turn a small profit.
>
> FUDCons are an interesting case in point.  As I understand it, there was a
> time when RedHat basically sponsored the events, with scholarships for all
> active contributors and extensive grants. This was ok, but skewed
> participation.  Then the lavish sponsorship stopped. Attendance dropped;
> community members felt unloved. Then after a time, this passed, and
> everyone attended again. (Perhaps a core Fedora contributor can describe
> this more accurately!)
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community revitalization

2015-12-02 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Thank you Lila for the update, it's indeed an important improvement and we
can't wait to see this change.



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On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 8:54 AM, Lila Tretikov  wrote:

> Hi Michal -- good to hear from you and wonderful blog post. Congratulations
> on the partnership with the Academy of Hebrew Language.
>
> With respect to both cross-linking Wikimedia projects (not just Wiktionary)
> and SEO this is in the domain of the Discovery team which reports to Tomasz
> Finc. The Readership team, as Toby pointed out already, is also looking at
> cross-project integration. I think it may be easier to improve Wiktionary
> SEO in languages other than English sadly because there is less online
> content. You may want to connect with Tomasz and Toby directly to share
> ideas.
>
> We know we have a lot of content in sister-projects that is currently not
> easily discoverable and this is a topic of many discussions.
>
> L
>
>
>
> On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 10:10 PM, Gnangarra  wrote:
>
> > Peter that would be very useful both the contributors and to readers
> >
> > On 18 November 2015 at 14:00, Peter Southwood <
> > peter.southw...@telkomsa.net>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > How about a tool to look up in Wiktionary from Wikipedia?
> > > Cheers,
> > > Peter
> > >
> > > -Original Message-
> > > From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On
> > > Behalf Of Pine W
> > > Sent: Tuesday, 17 November 2015 11:40 PM
> > > To: Wikimedia Mailing List; Toby Negrin
> > > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community revitalization
> > >
> > > Thanks Michal.
> > > I periodically use English Wiktionary and am pleased with it as a
> reader.
> > > I am wondering what it might take to increase our readership of
> > > Wiktionaries in general, perhaps by increasing the prominence of them
> in
> > > Google search results. Pinging Toby to see if he has any ideas on how
> to
> > > increase the readership of Wiktionaries.
> > > Regards,
> > > Pine
> > >
> > > On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 11:14 AM, Michal Lester <
> > mles...@wikimedia.org.il>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear friends and colleague,
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > I would to share with you the post we published on Wikimedia Blog
> > > > (November 13, 2015) [1]. It describes how WMIL works with few
> > > > *Wiktionary* volunteers in a process of revitalization of
> *Wiktionary*
> > > > community. I believe it could be useful case study for those of you
> who
> > > deal with similar issues.
> > > >
> > > > I would be happy to provide more info. to anyone who is interested
> > > > Michal
> > > >
> > > > [1]
> > > >
> > > >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/11/13/hebrew-wiktionary-community-revi
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-26 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Dariusz, without speaking on behalf of the FDC, and only my own opinion - I
don't think the question is if the FDC will recommend how much money the
WMF need to get - as the fact that if they will enter the FDC process,
under the SAME requirements as other affiliates (the requirement for a
detailed budget, clear targets and goals, strategy and others) - only the
process himself, without the recommendations, will be much more transparent
and clear to the community then ever. This will allow them to have real
time and enough data to give a REAL feedback, and also to the FDC, as much
as they can. When he has not  specific deadline (like others have), it
turns out that every year he select a different "community process" (if
any..)



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On Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak 
wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 3:39 AM, Pine W  wrote:
>
> > For historical reference: I felt that WMF made significant progress with
> > the 2013-2014 budget by opening it to community review and FDC review.
>
>
> I agree that there was a good trend that got reverted, as a result of
> dropping the core/non-core distinction. It would be good in there was a
> significant part of what WMF does (in particular, in the area of new
> initiatives, innovation, non-core activities) that'd would be evaluated by
> the FDC. There are many benefits: the ability to lead by example to other
> organizations in the movement, more transparency, more qualitative feedback
> from the community (the FDC is an expert, yet community-driven body, able
> to dig into more details than a general online discussion), less perception
> of unequal treatment, etc. In the same time, there are serious
> considerations: how large a budget can be for the FDC to still be able to
> handle it professionally? Should the standards be the same for large
> organizations (WMF and WMDE) and the medium ones? Can the FDC handle WMF
> budget in their current rounds schedule?
>
> I hope we will be able to carry on a meaningful conversation about this,
> naturally involving WMF executive team, the FDC itself, and so on (in fact,
> we have been discussing the issues pointed above, to find solutions).
>
> Dariusz Jemielniak "pundit"
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-24 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
בוקר טוב,

אני שמח לבשר שה-FDC, הוועדה האחראית על המלצות המימון לארגוני ויקימדיה
בתנועה, המליצה להעניק מימון מלא לוויקימדיה ישראל השנה.

יש הרבה מחמאות על העבודה שלנו, אך גם מעט ביקורת, שלא נעלמת מעינינו, על
ההצעה השנה:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round1#Wikimedia_Israel

זו ההזדמנות להודות לחברי העמותה שהיו חלק מכתיבת תכנית העבודה והיעדים, חברי
הוועד וחברות הצוות ובראשן מיכל, על העבודה הרבה והמוצלחת.

תודה לכולם



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-- Forwarded message --
From: matanya moses 
Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 11:55 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round
1 APG grant requests
To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org


Hello Wikimedians,

tl;dr: The FDC’s recommendations for this round of the APG grant requests
have now been published at:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round1

The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) meets twice a year to help make
decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve the
Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy. [1] We met for four
days last week in San Francisco to review 11 proposals submitted for this
round of funding. [2]

The committee has now posted our Round 1 2015-2016 recommendations on the
annual plan grants (APG) to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. [3]
The WMF Board representatives to the FDC (Denny Vrandecic, Jan-Bart de
Vreede and Dariusz Jemielniak) will lead the Board in its review of these
recommendations. The WMF Board will review the recommendations and then
make their decision on them before 1 January 2016.

This round, the eleven proposals came from ten chapters and one thematic
organisation, totaling requests of approximately $3.8 million USD. Ten
affiliates were returning to the APG program, and one was a new applicant.
This round, one organisation requested a restricted grant to support one
particular program. All other grant requests were for general funding.

Before we met for our face-to-face deliberations, the FDC carefully
reviewed all proposals and supporting documentation (e.g., budgets, plans,
strategies) in detail, aided by staff assessments and analysis on impact,
finances, and programs, as well as community comments on the proposals. The
committee had long and intense conversations about the proposals submitted
this round. By listening and carefully considering all available data, the
committee achieved consensus on all proposal deliberations.

In addition to the above, the FDC has also included a recommendation about
the WMF itself to improve its own level of planning transparency and budget
detail. The WMF staff were not involved in the conception or writing of
this additional recommendation.

For your reference, there is a formal process to submit appeals about these
recommendations or complaints about the FDC process. The processes for both
are outlined below.

Any applicant that wants to appeal the FDC’s recommendation about their
proposal this round should submit it by 23:59 UTC on 8 December 2015 in
accordance with the appeal process outlined in the FDC Framework. A formal
appeal to challenge the FDC’s recommendation should be in the form of a
500-or-fewer word summary. The appeal should be submitted on-wiki, [4] and
must be submitted by the Board Chair of a funding-seeking applicant.

Complaints about the process can be filed by anyone with the Ombudsperson,
and can be made any time. The complaint should be submitted on wiki, as
well. [5] The ombudsperson will publicly document the complaint, and
investigate as needed.

Please take a look at the upcoming calendar [6] to learn about other
upcoming milestones in the APG program.

Again, we offer our sincere thanks to the 11 organisations who submitted
annual plan grant proposals to the FDC this round.

On behalf of the FDC,

Matanya Moses (FDC chair), User:Matanya

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round1
[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC
[5]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Complaints_about_the_FDC_process
[6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Calendar



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-24 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Sorry. Wrong list :)

- Sent from mobile
On Nov 24, 2015 10:00 AM, "Itzik - Wikimedia Israel" <it...@wikimedia.org.il>
wrote:

> בוקר טוב,
>
> אני שמח לבשר שה-FDC, הוועדה האחראית על המלצות המימון לארגוני ויקימדיה
> בתנועה, המליצה להעניק מימון מלא לוויקימדיה ישראל השנה.
>
> יש הרבה מחמאות על העבודה שלנו, אך גם מעט ביקורת, שלא נעלמת מעינינו, על
> ההצעה השנה:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round1#Wikimedia_Israel
>
> זו ההזדמנות להודות לחברי העמותה שהיו חלק מכתיבת תכנית העבודה והיעדים, חברי
> הוועד וחברות הצוות ובראשן מיכל, על העבודה הרבה והמוצלחת.
>
> תודה לכולם
>
>
>
> *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> +972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
>
>
> -- Forwarded message --
> From: matanya moses <mata...@foss.co.il>
> Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 11:55 PM
> Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round
> 1 APG grant requests
> To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
>
>
> Hello Wikimedians,
>
> tl;dr: The FDC’s recommendations for this round of the APG grant requests
> have now been published at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round1
>
> The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) meets twice a year to help make
> decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve the
> Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy. [1] We met for four
> days last week in San Francisco to review 11 proposals submitted for this
> round of funding. [2]
>
> The committee has now posted our Round 1 2015-2016 recommendations on the
> annual plan grants (APG) to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. [3]
> The WMF Board representatives to the FDC (Denny Vrandecic, Jan-Bart de
> Vreede and Dariusz Jemielniak) will lead the Board in its review of these
> recommendations. The WMF Board will review the recommendations and then
> make their decision on them before 1 January 2016.
>
> This round, the eleven proposals came from ten chapters and one thematic
> organisation, totaling requests of approximately $3.8 million USD. Ten
> affiliates were returning to the APG program, and one was a new applicant.
> This round, one organisation requested a restricted grant to support one
> particular program. All other grant requests were for general funding.
>
> Before we met for our face-to-face deliberations, the FDC carefully
> reviewed all proposals and supporting documentation (e.g., budgets, plans,
> strategies) in detail, aided by staff assessments and analysis on impact,
> finances, and programs, as well as community comments on the proposals. The
> committee had long and intense conversations about the proposals submitted
> this round. By listening and carefully considering all available data, the
> committee achieved consensus on all proposal deliberations.
>
> In addition to the above, the FDC has also included a recommendation about
> the WMF itself to improve its own level of planning transparency and budget
> detail. The WMF staff were not involved in the conception or writing of
> this additional recommendation.
>
> For your reference, there is a formal process to submit appeals about
> these recommendations or complaints about the FDC process. The processes
> for both are outlined below.
>
> Any applicant that wants to appeal the FDC’s recommendation about their
> proposal this round should submit it by 23:59 UTC on 8 December 2015 in
> accordance with the appeal process outlined in the FDC Framework. A formal
> appeal to challenge the FDC’s recommendation should be in the form of a
> 500-or-fewer word summary. The appeal should be submitted on-wiki, [4] and
> must be submitted by the Board Chair of a funding-seeking applicant.
>
> Complaints about the process can be filed by anyone with the Ombudsperson,
> and can be made any time. The complaint should be submitted on wiki, as
> well. [5] The ombudsperson will publicly document the complaint, and
> investigate as needed.
>
> Please take a look at the upcoming calendar [6] to learn about other
> upcoming milestones in the APG program.
>
> Again, we offer our sincere thanks to the 11 organisations who submitted
> annual plan grant proposals to the FDC this round.
>
> On behalf of the FDC,
>
> Matanya Moses (FDC chair), User:Matanya
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1
> [3]
> https://meta.wik

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Advertising in Central Notice

2015-11-11 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hi Michelle,

Thank you for the respond. We I and few others wrote on Meta - this
link problematic - and it's new, although the using of Qualtrics is not.

Better option is to include the link to their privacy page from the landing
page itself, before the survey or at the bottom.

Another option could be to link to a Wiki page - with a
short explanation about the issue with handling such a survey with a 3rd
party, and linking to the survey and the privacy.

Just linking directly from a banner to their website (where they are also
tracking users via Facebook and Google pixels), is kind of advertising from
my point of view.


Itzik



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On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 8:12 PM, Michelle Paulson 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Apologies for any confusion with the "powered by" language. The purpose of
> the language was not, in any way, intended to provide advertising or
> endorsement of the survey provider. The reasoning behind this language was:
> (1) brevity given limited space; (2) notice to survey takers and link
> clickers that they would be taken to a non-Wikimedia site; and (3)
> transparency about the survey provider that we are using for that
> particular survey and an easy link to that provider's privacy terms so that
> users could make an educated decision about their own privacy. We are more
> than happy to use alternate language that achieves those purposes.
>
> Regarding why we don't use LimeSurvey - we actually used to use LimeSurvey
> years ago. However, if I recall correctly, there were some major security
> and scalability issues discovered and Tech decided it would be best to shut
> the server down. That is when we started exploring use of third-party
> survey providers like Qualtrics.
>
> Hope that helps.
> -Michelle
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Advertising in Central notice?

2015-11-08 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Ziko, I agree. But we are using Qualtrics since 2011, and we never had a
link to their website in such way. What has changed?



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On Sun, Nov 8, 2015 at 2:07 AM, Ziko van Dijk <zvand...@gmail.com> wrote:

> It's normal, when you hire a company for a survey, you mention the
> company, for various reasons.
> Kind regards
> Ziko
>
> 2015-11-07 22:36 GMT+01:00 Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> it...@wikimedia.org.il>:
> > Thank you, I responded also there. I found the link to their full website
> > (where the privacy doc is hosted) still problematic, as the page also
> > include bold and many links to uses their (commercial) services. This is
> > totally not ok from my POV. Better to host the privacy doc on Wiki (or a
> > different version), and to mention there that we are using 3rd party
> system.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> > Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> > +972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
> > Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> > sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:09 PM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> This is under discussion on Meta Wiki, and I made some changes this
> >> morning. Please be sure any significant comments are put on-wiki, where
> >> Meta admins and community are more likely to see them.
> >>
> >>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Requests_for_help_from_a_sysop_or_bureaucrat#Re:_Survey_powered_by_Qualtrics
> >>
> >> -Pete
> >>
> >> On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:02 AM, Patrick Earley <pear...@wikimedia.org>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> > Hi Itzik,
> >> >
> >> > We placed that note as it is standard practice to let users know when
> a
> >> > link will be taking them outside the Wikimedia projects.  We linked to
> >> the
> >> > Qualtrics privacy statement, as we felt that users should have access
> to
> >> > that if they wanted to read it.
> >> >
> >> > Petefosyth has made some changes to it, based on this discussion
> [1].  It
> >> > now reads "Survey data handled by a third party".
> >> >
> >> > Best,
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > [1]
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Requests_for_help_from_a_sysop_or_bureaucrat#Re:_Survey_powered_by_Qualtrics
> >> >
> >> > On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 5:28 AM, Mardetanha <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com
> >
> >> > wrote:
> >> >
> >> > > it was strange for me too, we never did such thing before
> >> > >
> >> > > Mardetanha
> >> > >
> >> > > On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 3:12 PM, Bence Damokos <bdamo...@gmail.com>
> >> > wrote:
> >> > >
> >> > > > My first guess would be that the company is mentioned as a way to
> >> > notify
> >> > > > users that they will be sending data to an outside company if they
> >> > click
> >> > > on
> >> > > > the link (but the text you quote is not that clear on the privacy
> >> > aspect
> >> > > > here).
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Best regards,
> >> > > > Bence
> >> > > >
> >> > > > 2015-11-06 12:33 GMT+01:00 Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> >> > > > it...@wikimedia.org.il>
> >> > > > :
> >> > > >
> >> > > > > "We invite you to participate in a survey about online
> harassment
> >> on
> >> > > > > Wikimedia projects.
> >> > > > > *Survey powered by Qualtrics"*
> >> > > > >
> >> > > > > It's not the the first survey runs through the Qualtrics, but
> >> that's
> >> > > the
> >> > > > > first time I see credit to them. We most of the time, even in
> GLAM
> >> > and
> >> > > > > others partnerships trying to avoid as much as we can mentions
> >> > > > > organizations names, as it can be consider to be advertising.
> >> > > > >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Advertising in Central notice?

2015-11-07 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Thank you, I responded also there. I found the link to their full website
(where the privacy doc is hosted) still problematic, as the page also
include bold and many links to uses their (commercial) services. This is
totally not ok from my POV. Better to host the privacy doc on Wiki (or a
different version), and to mention there that we are using 3rd party system.





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On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:09 PM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com> wrote:

> This is under discussion on Meta Wiki, and I made some changes this
> morning. Please be sure any significant comments are put on-wiki, where
> Meta admins and community are more likely to see them.
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Requests_for_help_from_a_sysop_or_bureaucrat#Re:_Survey_powered_by_Qualtrics
>
> -Pete
>
> On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 8:02 AM, Patrick Earley <pear...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Itzik,
> >
> > We placed that note as it is standard practice to let users know when a
> > link will be taking them outside the Wikimedia projects.  We linked to
> the
> > Qualtrics privacy statement, as we felt that users should have access to
> > that if they wanted to read it.
> >
> > Petefosyth has made some changes to it, based on this discussion [1].  It
> > now reads "Survey data handled by a third party".
> >
> > Best,
> >
> >
> > [1]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Requests_for_help_from_a_sysop_or_bureaucrat#Re:_Survey_powered_by_Qualtrics
> >
> > On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 5:28 AM, Mardetanha <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > ​it was strange for me too, we never did such thing before​
> > >
> > > Mardetanha
> > >
> > > On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 3:12 PM, Bence Damokos <bdamo...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > My first guess would be that the company is mentioned as a way to
> > notify
> > > > users that they will be sending data to an outside company if they
> > click
> > > on
> > > > the link (but the text you quote is not that clear on the privacy
> > aspect
> > > > here).
> > > >
> > > > Best regards,
> > > > Bence
> > > >
> > > > 2015-11-06 12:33 GMT+01:00 Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> > > > it...@wikimedia.org.il>
> > > > :
> > > >
> > > > > "We invite you to participate in a survey about online harassment
> on
> > > > > Wikimedia projects.
> > > > > *Survey powered by Qualtrics"*
> > > > >
> > > > > It's not the the first survey runs through the Qualtrics, but
> that's
> > > the
> > > > > first time I see credit to them. We most of the time, even in GLAM
> > and
> > > > > others partnerships trying to avoid as much as we can mentions
> > > > > organizations names, as it can be consider to be advertising.
> > > > >
> > > > > But mention a company (that we even paid them), and linking to
> their
> > > > > website? that's new and concern a bit. I'll be happy if someone
> > related
> > > > to
> > > > > this decision can give more information about the idea behind it.
> > > > >
> > > > > Thank you.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> > > > > Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> > > > > +972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
> > > > > Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share
> in
> > > the
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Departure

2015-09-12 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Garfield,

It was a pleasure to work with you. Your announcement sadness us all, as
your contribution has been enormous. I can say that we, Wikimedia Israel
learned a lot from you, and there is no doubt about the great changes you
brought to the WMF and the chapters. We all grateful for that.

On a personal level, it was always nice to meet you, knowing that every
meeting I will learn something new. From a chapter meeting to FDC meeting.
And of course, we can't (never) forget the ultimate Wikimania dancer. You
will be missed.

On behalf of Wikimedia Israel, the staff and the board, I wish to thank
you, and wish you good luck.



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On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 12:53 AM, Garfield Byrd  wrote:

> All,
>
> For the last four years, I’ve led the Wikimedia Foundation’s finance,
> administration, and office IT teams. I've had the opportunity to work
> closely with many of you through collaboration with the Wikimedia
> affiliates. They have been remarkable experiences, and I am grateful for
> all I’ve learned from you during my time here. Therefore it is with some
> sadness that today I am letting you know that I’ve decided to take a new
> opportunity outside the WMF, at a California-based foundation focused on
> public education.
>
> It has been a privilege to work with so many exceptional people over the
> years. I’ve watched the WMF mature and take on many new challenges, and our
> community grow and diversify. Our commitment to our free knowledge mission
> is as strong as ever, and now shared by even more people. While I’ll no
> longer be on staff, I plan to find ways to stay involved in the Wikimedia
> community. I look forward to seeing the movement continue to do its
> important work.
>
> My last day will be September 30. I look forward to staying in touch and
> continuing to support our mission.
>
> Best,
>
> Garfield
>
> --
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> Chief of Finance and Administration
> Wikimedia Foundation
> 415.839.6885 ext 6787
> 415.882.0495 (fax)
> www.wikimediafoundation.org
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement WMCON 2016 dates and rough timeline

2015-07-09 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Well done and thank you Nicole and the team. Great work and very detailed
reports!




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On Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM, Nicole Ebber nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de
wrote:

 Dear Wikimedia friends,

 Wikimedia Deutschland and the Wikimedia Foundation are delighted to
 announce the date for the next Wikimedia Conference in Berlin:

 April 20-24, 2016

 Wikimedia Affiliates, members of the Wikimedia Foundation board and staff
 as well as the FDC and AffCom, please save the date! As in previous years,
 Wikimedia Deutschland will host the conference with the generous support of
 the Wikimedia Foundation.

 Today, we would like to share a few changes in the logistics and program
 design process with you that should help us all in making this conference
 even more productive and sustainable.

 July 16, 2015: WMCON Follow-Up Day at Wikimania

 Before Oct 2015: Follow-up WMCON15 and identify main themes for WMCON16

 Oct 2015: Publish program themes for WMCON16

 Nov 2015: Affiliates select their representatives according to the program
 lines

 Dec 2015–15 Jan 2016: Registration (hard deadline, no exceptions!)

 15 Jan–29 Feb 2016: Arrange travel, hotel and visa

 15 Jan–20 Apr 2016: Continue program design process together with the
 registered participants. Enable participants and speakers to prepare
 properly.

 20-24 Apr 2016: Have a blast at WMCON16

 After April: Follow-up.

 After Wikimania, we will start setting up the program design process.
 Please note that only thanks to the early registration, we are able to
 properly incorporate all participants’ needs and input for the first time.
 The registration closes on January 15, 2016. This is a hard deadline and we
 will not be able to allow any exceptions. Please support us in making this
 possible by choosing your representatives early!

 Looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Mexico. Feel free to
 reach out to me should you have questions or feedback.

 Nicole

 P. S.: We have just published the extensive grant report and evaluation
 survey for this year's Wikimedia Conference. It is really worth having a
 look, as it is not only visually appealing but also offers a lot of
 substantial content that can be used by our movement partners and provides
 learning opportunities for other event organisers and program leaders
 alike.

 Report:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:PEG/WM_DE/Wikimedia_Conference_2015/Report

 Survey Evaluation:


 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2015/Feedback_evaluation

 //

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evaluation_Survey_WM_Conference_2015.pdf

 (PDF)


 --
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 Vorstandsreferentin Internationale Beziehungen
 Adviser to the ED, International Relations

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 Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0 | http://wikimedia.de

 Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
 Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!

 Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
 Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
 der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
 Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmcon15] Wikimedia Conference 2015

2015-05-23 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
+1.

Thank you for a lovely conference!





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On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 10:09 PM, Andrea Zanni zanni.andre...@gmail.com
wrote:

 [sorry for cross-posting]

 Hello everyone,
 I would like spend a minute thanking Wikimedia Deutschland for organizing
 the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, and thanking everyone who participated
 in it.

 I'd like to say out loud that I really liked the atmosphere, that I enjoy
 more and more the simple fact that when we are together (chapters, WMF,
 affiliates, user groups, everyone) we feel like a movement, we act like a
 movement, we work and eat and drink and dance together and we argue much
 less than when we are online, typing in front of screens.

 Yes, it not easy and cheap to travel half the world just to meet in
 person.
 Yes, there are differences and past and present disagremeents, but when we
 can actually *talk* they just fade back.

 I think it is important (at least sometimes) to use wikimedia-l (as other
 mailing lists) to discuss things that work :-), to express gratitude and
 say out loud things that pleased us.

 I, for example, learned a lot about the ongoing transformation of the
 Wikimedia Foundation: many things are changing, they are working a lot, and
 very often we as affiliates do not notice these things.
 I saw many changes towards a better, more open and more collaborative
 Foundation, and I don't know many times I heard WMF employees asking for
 feedback and help.

 So.
 This is a open and shameless request for assumption of good faith, request
 I'd like to make to all of us.
 We'll have plenty of time to argue and discuss again,
 but let's take a moment to celebrate what we are and the fact that with
 our collaborative effort the world sucks a little less.
 It's time that we rebuild the a we, as in We, Wikimedia.

 Have a nice weekend.

 Aubrey






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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-28 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Any response or input from the Election Committee?



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On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:32 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl
wrote:

 On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 2:10 AM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  So do I. :)  (Indeed, I have had occasion to remind, uh, a colleague,
 that
  editing Wikipedia or its sister projects is a bit of an unusual hobby,
 and
  that it's Perfectly Fine to not choose to volunteer to do that on your
  personal time.)
 

 if, as Asaf points out, it is an issue of roughly 10 people then it is
 probably not really worth a lengthy discussion - it is easier to get voting
 rights anyway. All in all, I think it is good that we try to be inclusive,
 and WMF people (just as many others professionals employed within our
 movement) definitely have an important perspective to add. Yet, it really
 is not that difficult to edit a little bit. Voting rights are also a
 certain privilege. Even if the only reason staff of WMF and/or chapters are
 not automatically eligible to vote is the fact, that there are hypothetical
 concerns about some possible political influence, it still may be enough
 just because the threshold to get voting rights is really low. So, I think
 that as long as the rules are known well ahead in time, it is totally fine
 to have universal requirements irrespective of where one is employed.

 (btw, I think it is also idealistic to assume that a determined political
 group would not make a coordinated effort to gain voting rights to have
 influence - just look what happened to Hugo awards and the Sad Puppies
 fraction ;)

 best,

 dariusz pundit
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMCON15 - Registration Now Open

2015-02-22 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey Daniela,

I saw that the prices on the Hotel website are cheaper (78 euro). Would you
advise to book directly trough them?



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On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Daniela Gentner 
daniela.gent...@wikimedia.de wrote:

 Dear Tomasz,

 please note that there are no conference fees. The costs for accommodation
 are as follows:

- Single room: 88,50 € per room/night
- Double room: 113 € per room/night (56,50 € per person)


 If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 All the best,
 Daniela



 On 13 February 2015 at 16:22, Tomasz Ganicz polime...@gmail.com wrote:

  Thank you for update. Could you give us some information about the costs
 of
  accomodation and conference fee (?) - at least roughly ?
 
  2015-02-13 12:52 GMT+01:00 Daniela Gentner daniela.gent...@wikimedia.de
 :
 
   Dear Wikimedians,
  
   We are delighted to update you today regarding the
   upcoming Wikimedia Conference[1], which will be
   held in Berlin on May 14-17, 2015. Wikimedia
   Deutschland’s event team looks forward to making
   the logistics as smoothly as possible for everyone
   involved and to supporting you in the upcoming
   months.
  
   Please find below important information regarding
   the registration procedure, eligibility for
   participation as well as specifics in regards to
   travel and hotel bookings.
  
   == Registration now open! ==
   Registration for the Wikimedia Conference 2015 is
   now open. Persons who are selected by their
   organization to represent them at the conference
   need to register via the registration form.[2]
  
   The registration will close on Monday, March 16,
   2015. For visa applicants we strongly recommend to
   register until Monday, February 23, 2015 and to
   check the amount of time needed for applications
   to Schengen states.
  
   We will publish all participants’ names on the
   meta page shortly after their registration in
   order to help affiliates check that only their
   selected representatives have registered. Please
   make sure to check this page regularly.[3]
  
   == Who is invited to attend? ==
   The eligibility criteria for participating in the
   Wikimedia Conference 2015 have been aligned to the
   Affiliates’ Agreements with the Wikimedia
   Foundation. Please note that the criteria have
   changed compared to last year. [2]
  
   Affiliates must have shown signs of recent
   activity AND be up-to-date on their reporting by
   the eligibility deadline (February 28). Moreover,
   affiliates need to have been officially recognized
   by the Wikimedia Foundation before February 01,
   2015.
  
   Chapters and Thematic Organizations can send two
   delegates, or up to four, if they have paid staff;
   User Groups can send one delegate. An overview of
   the eligibility statuses is published on Meta.[4]
   Please check this first.
  
   Affiliates are asked to only send delegates that
   are well-informed in goings-on at the affiliate,
   able to confidently answer questions about it and
   share experience from their group. They should
   also be empowered to commit their group to
   involvement in proposed projects or initiatives.
  
   We also hope that several members of the Wikimedia
   Foundation Board of Trustees and staff, the Funds
   Dissemination Committee as well as the
   Affiliations Committee will participate in the
   conference. We see a huge advantage in having
   their representatives on site and encourage them
   to take part in a range of talks and discussions.
   Please also register via the registration link.
  
   ==Travel and hotel booking==
   We are happy to announce that all participants
   will be accommodated in the same hotel. WMDE has
   blocked a number of single and double rooms at the
   hotel Motel One Leipziger Platz. Affiliates that
   already have WMCON funding will need to book their
   travel and hotel rooms individually. Affiliates
   without WMCON funding will be supported by the WMF
   for their travel and by WMDE for their hotel
   needs. Please check Meta [4] for your status.
  
   All participants are requested to register. To
   which group you belong will be inquired in the
   registration form.
  
   We would like to express our appreciation and
   sincere thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation for
   their collaboration and support.
  
   Wikimedia Deutschland is looking forward to
   welcoming you in Berlin in May! Please do not
   hesitate to reach out to us any time via
   wm...@wikimedia.de should you have any questions
   or comments.
  
   Best regards,
  
   Daniela on behalf of the Event Team
  
   Wikimedia Deutschland
   wm...@wikimedia.de
  
   [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2015
  
   [2]
  

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMCON15 - Registration Now Open

2015-02-22 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey Daniela,

I saw that the prices on the Hotel website are cheaper (78 euro). Would you
advise to book directly trough them?





*Regards,Itzik Edri*
Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
+972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!


On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Daniela Gentner 
daniela.gent...@wikimedia.de wrote:

 Dear Tomasz,

 please note that there are no conference fees. The costs for accommodation
 are as follows:

- Single room: 88,50 € per room/night
- Double room: 113 € per room/night (56,50 € per person)


 If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 All the best,
 Daniela



 On 13 February 2015 at 16:22, Tomasz Ganicz polime...@gmail.com wrote:

  Thank you for update. Could you give us some information about the costs
 of
  accomodation and conference fee (?) - at least roughly ?
 
  2015-02-13 12:52 GMT+01:00 Daniela Gentner daniela.gent...@wikimedia.de
 :
 
   Dear Wikimedians,
  
   We are delighted to update you today regarding the
   upcoming Wikimedia Conference[1], which will be
   held in Berlin on May 14-17, 2015. Wikimedia
   Deutschland’s event team looks forward to making
   the logistics as smoothly as possible for everyone
   involved and to supporting you in the upcoming
   months.
  
   Please find below important information regarding
   the registration procedure, eligibility for
   participation as well as specifics in regards to
   travel and hotel bookings.
  
   == Registration now open! ==
   Registration for the Wikimedia Conference 2015 is
   now open. Persons who are selected by their
   organization to represent them at the conference
   need to register via the registration form.[2]
  
   The registration will close on Monday, March 16,
   2015. For visa applicants we strongly recommend to
   register until Monday, February 23, 2015 and to
   check the amount of time needed for applications
   to Schengen states.
  
   We will publish all participants’ names on the
   meta page shortly after their registration in
   order to help affiliates check that only their
   selected representatives have registered. Please
   make sure to check this page regularly.[3]
  
   == Who is invited to attend? ==
   The eligibility criteria for participating in the
   Wikimedia Conference 2015 have been aligned to the
   Affiliates’ Agreements with the Wikimedia
   Foundation. Please note that the criteria have
   changed compared to last year. [2]
  
   Affiliates must have shown signs of recent
   activity AND be up-to-date on their reporting by
   the eligibility deadline (February 28). Moreover,
   affiliates need to have been officially recognized
   by the Wikimedia Foundation before February 01,
   2015.
  
   Chapters and Thematic Organizations can send two
   delegates, or up to four, if they have paid staff;
   User Groups can send one delegate. An overview of
   the eligibility statuses is published on Meta.[4]
   Please check this first.
  
   Affiliates are asked to only send delegates that
   are well-informed in goings-on at the affiliate,
   able to confidently answer questions about it and
   share experience from their group. They should
   also be empowered to commit their group to
   involvement in proposed projects or initiatives.
  
   We also hope that several members of the Wikimedia
   Foundation Board of Trustees and staff, the Funds
   Dissemination Committee as well as the
   Affiliations Committee will participate in the
   conference. We see a huge advantage in having
   their representatives on site and encourage them
   to take part in a range of talks and discussions.
   Please also register via the registration link.
  
   ==Travel and hotel booking==
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   without WMCON funding will be supported by the WMF
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   needs. Please check Meta [4] for your status.
  
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   registration form.
  
   We would like to express our appreciation and
   sincere thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation for
   their collaboration and support.
  
   Wikimedia Deutschland is looking forward to
   welcoming you in Berlin in May! Please do not
   hesitate to reach out to us any time via
   wm...@wikimedia.de should you have any questions
   or comments.
  
   Best regards,
  
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   [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2015
  
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[Wikimedia-l] WMF 2014 Annual report

2015-01-22 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
I didn't saw email about it yet, but just want to say that the web version
of the report is nothing then amazing. Great interactive way rather than
the old pdf versions. Well done!


https://annual.wikimedia.org/2014/



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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Winners Announced in World’s Largest Photo Contest: Wiki Loves Monuments

2014-12-22 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
This press release is also available online here:
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Winners_Announced_in_World%E2%80%99s_Largest_Photo_Contest:_Wiki_Loves_Monuments


Winners Announced in World’s Largest Photo Contest: Wiki Loves Monuments

*International jury selects top 10 photos from more than 321,000 worldwide.
Over the four past years, more than 1.1 million images have been submitted
to the contest.*

The international jury for Wiki Loves Monuments 2014
http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/ announced today the 10 winning
photographs from the world’s largest photo contest, which ran from
September 1 - 30 this year. More than 9,000 photographers uploaded over
321,000 freely-licensed photographs of historic buildings, monuments and
cultural heritage sites in 41 countries to Wikimedia Commons
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page for use on Wikipedia and
other free knowledge projects.

This year, the grand-prize winning photograph is an image of the Holy
Mountains Monastery https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Mountains_Lavra, a
complex of architectural monuments of national significance in Sviatohirsk,
Ukraine, taken by Konstantin Brizhnichenko
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Brizhnichenko. The first written
mention of the monastery was in 1526. In 1624, the monastery was officially
recognized as the Sviatohirsk Uspensky Monastery. Before World War I, the
monastery was inhabited by approximately 600 monks. During the 1930s, it
was destroyed by the Soviets, along with other numerous religious sites
throughout the Soviet Union. Today, the monastery community consists of
more than 100 people, a number that increases each year.

(Photo link:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Svjatogorsk,_Lavra_3.jpg)

The winner will receive flight and accommodations in Mexico to attend
Wikimania, the international conference of the Wikimedia movement, to be
held in July 2015 in Mexico City.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Wiki Loves Monuments is
the world’s largest public photo competition. In it, people are asked to
take pictures of monuments from participating countries and to upload them
to Wikimedia Commons, enabling the photos to be used to illustrate
Wikipedia in articles about these monuments and other subjects.

“With over one million free images of heritage sites across the world, Wiki
Loves Monuments is one of the world’s most important history projects
today,” says Deror Lin, the international coordinator of the competition.
“Year after year, volunteers document hundreds of thousands of heritage
sites across the world and upload the images to the internet under a free
license for the benefit of the current andnext generations. These people
display the splendor of creativity and culture in their countries.”

The competition is organized in 41 participating countries, each focusing
on their national monuments and with their own national prizes. This year,
every participating country submitted 10 nominations to the international
jury who chose the winning pictures for the competition. A number of
countries participated in the competition for the first time, including:
Albania, Kosovo, Iraq, Ireland, Lebanon, Macedonia, Pakistan and the
Palestinian Authority.

The contest was first organized in 2010 in the Netherlands and resulted in
more than 12,500 pictures of Dutch monuments. Over the past four years more
than 1.1 million images have been submitted to the contest.

*2014 Wiki Loves Monuments Winners:*

   -

   1st Place - the Holy Mountains Monastery, Sviatohirsk, Ukraine by
   Konstantin Brizhnichenko -
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Svjatogorsk,_Lavra_3.jpg

   -

   2nd Place - Gare du Nord in Paris, France, by MrsEllacott (his image
   ranked 7thin the French national competition) -
   https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gare_du_Nord_December_2013.jpg
   -

   3rd Place - Jøvik and Great Cormorants near Ullsfjorden, Troms, Tromsø,
   Norway by Siri Uldal (7th place in Norway’s national competition) -
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jøvik_handelssted_04.jpg

   -

   4th Place - Alte Sennalpe Batzen (literally: Old Dairy Mountain Pasture
   Batzen) at Bregenzer Forest in Schröcken, Vorarlberg, Austria by Böhringer
   Friedrich (9th Place in the Austrian national competition) -
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alte_Batzenalpe_2014_Interior_06.jpg

   -

   5th Place - Montfort Castle at Sunrise, Israel, by Eran Feldman (1st
   Place in the Israeli national competition) -
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:מבצר_מונפורט_בזריחה.JPG

   -

   6th Place - St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, UK by Fuzzypiggy
   (1st Place in the UK competition) -
   https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St_Michael's_Mount_II5302_x_2982.jpg

   -

   7th Place - Tower Bridge at Dawn, UK by Fuzzypiggy (3rd Place in the UK
   competition) -
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tower_Bridge_at_Dawn.jpg

   -

   8th Place - Victorian Valves at 

[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: It's the end

2014-12-19 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
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We have a new office at D.C? :)



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[Wikimedia-l] WMIL General Assembly meeting and Board Elections

2014-12-02 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Dear all,

This last Monday, 1.12.14, Wikimedia Israel (WMIL) held a general assembly
meeting, during which the members held the elections for members of the
Board of WMIL.

The results of the elections are as follows:

Itzik Edri,(reelected)
Deror Lin, (reelected)
Ido Ivri, (reelected)
Hana Yariv,
Yan Nasonov (reelected)

The new Board then proceeded to reelect Itzik Edri to Chairman, and to
elect Ido Ivri as Board Secretary.

In addition, the board will re-approach the two external board members,
Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli and Prof. Karine Nahon, to stay with the board for
another year and keep providing their excellent mentorship and advice.

We would like to take this opportunity and extend our many thanks to Yael
Meron, the departing Board Member, for her long and good service to WMIL
and its community.


Cheers,
Itzik
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Italia Executive Director

2014-12-02 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Good luck Giuliana, and good luck WMIT with your next step in the
professionalization process.

I defiantly know that WMIL, but I'm sure that the others chapters as well,
will be happy to give advises, information and help her with the first
steps in our movement. Feel free to contact us.





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On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM, Andrea Zanni andrea.za...@wikimedia.it
wrote:

 Hello everybody,

 It's with great pleasure that I announce Giuliana Mancini as the new
 Executive Director of Wikimedia Italia.

 It took us over 6 months to select her within a pool of 450 candidates: it
 has been an incredibly hard work, and tough decisions were made.
 I'd like to acknowledge that one of the most active members of the
 selective committee was Alessio Guidetti aka Cotton, who recendly passed:
 it saddens us to know that he won't have the chance to see her working with
 us.

 But this is a moment of joy, because the Wikimedia family just got a new
 member.
 Giuliana will help us become a more mature and structured association: her
 deep experience and competence will be used to for make Wikimedia Italia
 scale and increase its impact in the world of free and open knowledge.

 Before being appointed Executive Director at Wikimedia Italia, in the last
 12 years, she has covered several roles of increasing commitment in the
 field of arts and culture. She spent 9 years in a grant making foundation
 where she supervised the activities of a cello academy and the concerts of
 an ensemble of classical musicians, assisting the board in setting
 strategies and coordinating the comprehensive management.
 She participated in the board of a company in the field of Fine Arts with a
 mandate for promotion of a multimedia exhibition, creating strategic
 relationship with Italian and foreigner museums.
 She drafted several feasibility studies and business plans for theatres and
 other cultural institutions as well as for start up companies.
 She can speak English fluently and has a good understanding of Spanish and
 French, and she graduated in Economics and in Law (her second degree was
 completed while working).

 She was officially introduced to the Wikimedia Italia assembly this
 Saturday, and this is her second week of work.

 Please welcome her in our incredible Wikimedia movement.

 Best regards,

 Andrea Zanni

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Delphine Ménard, Lodewijk Gelauff and Bence Damokos as AffCom Advisers

2014-11-30 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Congratulations! I know each of them personally, and I have no doubt they
will bring huge expertise to the committee!

Good luck!



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On Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
wrote:

 Dear all,

 Recently the Affiliations Commitee, in order to improve its governance and
 in its need for improvement and organizational advise, voted in favor of
 appointing Delphine Ménard [1], Lodewijk Gelauff [2] and Bence Damokos [3]
 as non-voting advisers . They have provided this committee during their
 respective tenures as full members of this committee with invaluable
 expertise, governance advise and language and communication skills. Hence,
 this committee has decided to appoint them as advisers for a term ending on
 Deceber 31, 2016.

 Many thanks in advance to Delphine, Lodewijk and Bence for their
 contributions and support to the Affiliations Committee. And of course,
 congratulations!

 Best regards,
 Carlos

 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
 Resolutions/Appointment_of_Delphine_M%C3%A9nard_as_
 adviser_%E2%80%93_November_2014
 2: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
 Resolutions/Appointment_of_Delphine_M%C3%A9nard_as_
 adviser_%E2%80%93_November_2014
 3: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
 Resolutions/Appointment_of_Bence_Damokos_as_adviser_%E2%
 80%93_November_2014

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[Wikimedia-l] Chairpersons mailing list

2014-11-25 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey,

Few months ago, during Wikimania in London, we held the first meeting of
all   (or at least aim to be..) the chapters' Chairpersons together with
Lila.

We will be happy to see this forum continue to work together, allowing the
Chairpersons to share ideas and discuses about their role and issues that
should be discussed within limited people (like board or ED relationships).
And I wanted to thanks Anasuya for the idea and the support on that!

I asked to open an internal mailing list for the forum, and tried to add
all the chairpersons whom I been in touch before the Wikimania meeting.
If by mistake I missed someone, I'll be happy if he can contact me
off-list. The subscriptions is open only to the chairperson of recognized
chapters or thematic organizations.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 50 million Flickr images

2014-11-24 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
that's amazing!





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On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 7:09 AM, Russavia russavia.wikipe...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Just thought this might be of interest to people on list:


 http://blog.flickr.net/en/2014/11/20/50-million-creative-commons-images-flickr-wall-art/

 Kinda makes Commons pale in comparison.

 Russavia

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Wikimania 2016 - Jury Announcement and Start of Bidding

2014-10-07 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey Manuel, Thank you for the response.

Transparency is always good - and this case really shows why.

While Ellie didn't respond and answered the question how people been
elected, and summarize her answer to: We have a system that works for jury
selection. Your side and answer shows a whole different point of view.
The system seem far away from working correctly.

The fact that above the movement biggest *community* event there is a jury
who most his members are paid staff, who been selected by a WMF staffer.
This is not a decision by a committee, as the committee, as you describe is
only been asked for feedback - and that should be clear.

I hope next year process will be much more community and much more
transparent.


Itzik





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On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM, Manuel Schneider 
manuel.schnei...@wikimedia.ch wrote:

 Hi Itzik et al,

 I think I should weigh in, having been part of this selection. I am just
 currently travelling, so I don't follow the mailinglists at the moment.


 In the past the jury was selected by a moderator - we had Joseph Seddon,
 James Forrester and others sending out the invitations and reminders,
 collecting the applications, making a selection and announcing it. From
 that point on the jury took on the work.

 Now we have a Wikimania Committee which so far has not yet found its
 mode to work - it only took one decision so far, and that was
 re-defining the bidding schedule to give more time to organise - Ellie
 and me were looking to move forward with the coming bidding process. The
 only process we actually had was said reviewed and rescheduled timeline.

 As we were actually already approaching the approved deadlines without
 anyone acting up, I took initiative to put the new timeline together on
 Meta, send out and invitation and had all applications going to Ellie.
 I also sent out reminders before the deadline, so everyone should have
 been informed and was invited to participate.

 Ellie made a pre-selection which I reviewed and discussed with her,
 after some slight adjustments I brought the selection forward the
 Wikimania Committee, asking for feedback. We received one response from
 someone who wanted to be included which Ellie denied with good arguments
 as we need this person take responsibility in other areas (eg.
 strengthen the Committee).

 After all selected persons agreed to become the new Jury I sent out the
 announcement.

 I agree that we need a better process but I do not see that this year's
 process was any worse than before, in the opposite - there have been
 more people involved and able to voice their opinions.

 What we actually need is a Wikimania Committee which lives up to its
 expectations, actually have meetings (and minutes), which can define
 such processes. There have been several changes, also with Ellie coming
 in, and everything is done on a volunteer basis. Things are slow. What I
 do not accept are critisms on processes from people who didn't actually
 participate in the same, even though they were invited to do so.

 Regards,


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2014-10-07 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey,

After reading all the emails so far, I more and more thinking that the
correct way will be to remove the specific WMF criteria - allowing every
community member to participate in the election by voting using his
*personal* (not staff/dev account), what give the same equal power to staff
from the WMF and chapters, such as every personal volunteer in the
Wikimedia community have.

I hope next year election committee will take it in consideration.




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On Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 8:08 AM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

 On 7 October 2014 00:57, John Mark Vandenberg jay...@gmail.com wrote:

  On Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:
  snip
 
  IMO the election must be run by a third party, as happened prior to
  2013, by SPI.
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_in_the_Public_Interest
  Adequate staff support from WMF is also needed.
 
 

 The elections have never, even once, been run by a third party.  For two
 board elections, the voting was hosted off-site, although vote verification
 was still carrried out by internal volunteers (the election committee); on
 the last board election, to avoid the problems that arose with off-site
 hosting, the election key (which acts as a kill-switch for the election)
 was held by a third party.  All the rest of the activities were done
 on-site by volunteers with some help from staff.  All of the organization
 except for the hosting of votes has always been done internally.

 In my own post-mortem after the last election, I too suggested that the
 elections be hosted off-site; however, my reasoning was that it would be
 difficult to justify the expense of redeveloping SecurePoll sufficiently to
 make it straightforward enough to use given that it's only used once or
 twice a year. However, work has been happening on SecurePoll pretty much
 since the last election, so there's no benefit to hosting elsewhere,
 especially given the difficulties that were encountered in the past.

 External election hosting is a fairly big ticket item if it is being done
 well (and it would probably involve non-free software and as much if not
 more work on the part of WMF staff), although I do understand that there
 are certain advantages to going outside or more precisely not hosting on
 our own servers.

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[Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2014-10-05 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey,

Don't worry, we indeed have a lot of time till the next elections, but as
this issue had been raised during the last elections - and we decided that
we can't change the rules few weeks before the elections, now I want to
raise the discussion enough time before.

According to the current rules  [1], in order to influence and vote in the
elections, you need to be active editor, developer or WMF staff/contractor.

Last year this issue concern some of us. The foundation is not small
organizations as it been before, and by comparison, the number of people
participating in the elections every year is not high.

For example, last elections there were 1809 valid votes. By comparison, the
number of WMF staff this days is 218, what makes there voting power 12% of
the total voters last year. This consider to be a great amount of power
when we are talking about elections (In the last election you would have
around 650 votes in order to be elected...)

Wikimedia thematic organizations staff and contractors for example don't
have the same privilege to vote only because they are employees of the
movement, only if they are editors as well. The question - what make the
WMF staff different, and if this is not a little bit problematic that the
staff have such power to decide on their direct board, but in general - the
board of the whole movement.

Do we need to give the same privilege also to all the staff in our
movement?
Should we limited the elections to staff (both WMF and chapters) that are
active editors or developers as additional to their work in the movement?

I'll be happy to hear yours input.

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2013/Vote_Questions

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2013/Results



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2014-10-05 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Pine,

As far as I know, government employees in most of the countries can vote
only if they are citizens. So yes, of course we are not taking there
democratic voice. As I didn't said a staff member can't vote because he is
a staff member. Just saying that it is not enough to be a staff member in
order to get the vote privilege.

Itzik



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On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Itzik,

 If I understand you correctly, you are asking about whether WMF and
 thematic organization bylaws should allow employees to vote in trustee
 elections for their own orgs.

 I can see how this could create interesting conflict-of-interest problems.

 However, in all non-autocratic republics that I know about, government
 employees can vote as any other citizens can. I'm also of the view that WMF
 operates like a university, and a modest amount of staff involvement in
 selecting their supervisors in that environment is ok.

 Pine
 On Oct 5, 2014 12:41 AM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel 
 it...@wikimedia.org.il
 wrote:

  Hey,
 
  Don't worry, we indeed have a lot of time till the next elections, but as
  this issue had been raised during the last elections - and we decided
 that
  we can't change the rules few weeks before the elections, now I want to
  raise the discussion enough time before.
 
  According to the current rules  [1], in order to influence and vote in
 the
  elections, you need to be active editor, developer or WMF
 staff/contractor.
 
  Last year this issue concern some of us. The foundation is not small
  organizations as it been before, and by comparison, the number of people
  participating in the elections every year is not high.
 
  For example, last elections there were 1809 valid votes. By comparison,
 the
  number of WMF staff this days is 218, what makes there voting power 12%
 of
  the total voters last year. This consider to be a great amount of power
  when we are talking about elections (In the last election you would have
  around 650 votes in order to be elected...)
 
  Wikimedia thematic organizations staff and contractors for example don't
  have the same privilege to vote only because they are employees of the
  movement, only if they are editors as well. The question - what make the
  WMF staff different, and if this is not a little bit problematic that the
  staff have such power to decide on their direct board, but in general -
 the
  board of the whole movement.
 
  Do we need to give the same privilege also to all the staff in our
  movement?
  Should we limited the elections to staff (both WMF and chapters) that are
  active editors or developers as additional to their work in the movement?
 
  I'll be happy to hear yours input.
 
  [1]
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2013/Vote_Questions
 
  [2]
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2013/Results
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Wikimania 2016 - Jury Announcement and Start of Bidding

2014-10-01 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Ellie,

I don't think We have a system that works for jury selection is
appropriate answer. I just asked how and by who, not but it strange for me
that this simple question is been unanswered.

Adding to my first email, now that I familiar more with the jury members -
from one hand I'm happy to see know we have a great and talented jury, but
from second hand, a little bit strange feeling that the jury members of the
major and the biggest community event within our movement are paid staff
from wmf/chapters. I see our staff as an integral part of the movement, but
still - we don't have any committee, especially when we are talking about
Wikimania, that staff are such a major part of the committee.

So yes, this just reinforces the fact that requires a bit more detailed
answer to the question - how they are selected.

Thank you, and thanks for all the people that volunteered for this year
jury.


Itzik



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On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM, Ellie Young eyo...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 We have a system that works for jury selection.   What I would STRONGLY
 like to encourage people in the community to do is seek out prospective
 people who would be good hosts and work with me on preparing a bid.   That
 is is our biggest need!  The CFP was posted earlier this month.

 Thank you all.

 Ellie


 On Sep 29, 2014, at 7:18 AM, Béria Lima berial...@gmail.com wrote:

 It also makes me wonder how hard whoever elected the jury worked to find
 interested unpaid volunteers as opposed to employees who are part of the
 normal professional networks.


 ​I might be wrong, but I didnt saw a mail with a call for volunteers to
 compose the jury like they do every year. ​(I do might had missed though so
 is better if Manuel or Ellie answers.)

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 2014-09-29 11:13 GMT-03:00 Fæ fae...@gmail.com:

 On 29 September 2014 14:45, Béria Lima berial...@gmail.com wrote:
  I also would like to know the answer to Itzik question:
 
   Can you elaborate more on how the current jury was elected and by
 who?
   Richard Symonds
   Stuart Prior
   Claudia Garad
   Esteban Zarate
   Daniel Bryant
   Finne Boonen
   Ellie Young

 Could someone point to a profile of the jury members? It is incredibly
 hard to see who has been an employee of the WMF or Chapters unless you
 happen to know people personally. However, I believe I am correct in
 saying that only the minority of the jury has never been a paid
 employee, which may not be the best thing for a conference aimed at
 unpaid volunteers.

 It also makes me wonder how hard whoever elected the jury worked to
 find interested unpaid volunteers as opposed to employees who are part
 of the normal professional networks.

 Fae
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Wikimania 2016 - Jury Announcement and Start of Bidding

2014-09-29 Thread Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
Hey Manuel,

Can you elaborate more on how the current jury was elected and by who?

Correct me, but beside Richard Sydmonds - all the members of this year jury
are new? there is not continuity in the jury?

Itzik



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On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM, Manuel Schneider 
manuel.schnei...@wikimedia.ch wrote:

 Dear Wikimedians,

 Wikimania is the global, annual conference of the Wikimedia movement,
 organised by the Wikimedia community. Organizing team and location are
 chosen by a jury in a public bidding process.

 Due to the growing requirements and complexity for this growing
 conference the Wikimania Committee decided to revise the bidding
 timeline to give more time to prepare the conference.

 Here it is:
 * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_bid_selection_timeline

 == Jury ==
 The Wikimania Committee is pleased to announce the jury for Wikimania 2016:

 Richard Symonds
 Stuart Prior
 Claudia Garad
 Esteban Zarate
 Daniel Bryant
 Finne Boonen
 Ellie Young

 == Accepting Bids ==
 We invite anyone in our community to  submit a proposal for Wikimania
 2016 on Meta Wiki:
 * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_bids

 Please consult the timeline and Judging Criteria that are posted at:
 * https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_bids

 The deadline for bids is November 15, 23:59 UTC. You should setup a
 bidding page and contact Ellie Young, WMF Conference Coordinator before
 the deadline. She will help you prepare your bid. All bids which have
 been confirmed until November 15 will be considered by the jury, others
 will be dismissed.

 Subsequently there will be a two week period where the community can
 comment and offer feedback on the proposal.

 In December your team must be available for conference calls with the
 jury, after deliberations the host for Wikimania 2016 will be announced
 by the end of 2014.

 On behalf of the Wikimania Committee with regards,


 Manuel
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 Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
 Lausanne, +41 (21) 340 66 22 - www.wikimedia.ch

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